That career has taken Stevenson to Chico, California, where he taught printmaking as a visiting professor at California State University. Art in America and Artweek have reviewed his work — including a travelling solo exhibition called Belle Époque.
‘A great place to experiment’
After graduating from Concordia, Stevenson earned an MFA in painting and printmaking and an MA in art history from Arizona State University. Jones’s impact on Stevenson’s approach to monoprints, which Stevenson describes as “a bridge between painting and printmaking,” has endured.
Art history has also played an important role for the Concordia graduate. “I’m interested in amalgams and catalysts and the intermixing of cultures,” he remarks.
One amalgam is Très Riches Heures, an array of 81 watercolour, gouache and acrylic works on paper, which explores the relationship between mark-making and script. The project emerged from a scholarship Stevenson received to learn Tatar, a Turkic language spoken in Tatarstan, Russia.