Nebraska-based artist Stephen Dinsmore's work is allied to the mystery and alchemical nature of painting. His paintings evoke a love a love of light, color, ennui and connection to land and object. The subjects of Mr. Dinsmore's work include landscape, still life, and "things for which I have great fondness". The paintings are expressionistic in spirit with nuanced and subtle balances of color and light. There is a lively and sensuous handling of paint in the work - a love of materials. There is a quiet depth to the paintings that reveals itself with repeated viewing.
The artist draws inspiration from artists like Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn, as seen in his expressive language of color, uncommon perspective and loose gestural style. Through painting, the artist attempts to convey an inward response to nature and a reverence for the natural world.
The paintings aim to reflect the artist's state of mind rather than the reality of the eternal world. Dinsmore, whose first love is abstract art, creates paintings which are concrete in detail and absract as a whole. His flat shapes with unfinished edges and fluid lines interlace with subtle balances of color and light. He draws the viewer into a space and elicits a question as to what lies beyond the window or open door.
The artist has shown his work in numerous solo and group shows, and his paintings are also in private, public and corporate collections worldwide, with collectors including singer Whitney Houston, Museum of Nebraska (NE), MacGraw Hill (NY), General Electric (NY), Park Hyatt Hotel (CO), United Airlines (Osaka, Japan & Frankfurt, Germany), Sheldon Memorial Art Museum (NE), American Embassy, Paris, France, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (OR), R.R. Donnelley & Sons (IL & NY), Harris Bank (IL), Molson-Coors (CO), Honeywell (MN), Mayo Clinic (MN). Additionally, one of his paintings was featured in the 1998 Robert Redford film The Horse Whisperer, and his work has been reviewed in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, New York Art Review, New American Paintings and the Boston Globe.
"For me painting means being always on the lookout for an image or idea that excites. Sounds straight forward but it's nothing like a straight line. So many things count: The creamy light of late afternoon; the abstract beauty of marks on the side of a train car; cows standing in silage. I search for a subject or a visual find that I just can't walk away from."
"Painting is a process of discovery and arrival. Nuance of tone, expression and the handling of materials are among those elements key to my work. It is important that the finished painting have a visual "lastingness"; so that the work continues to resonate overtime."