Stephen Finer is a contemporary portrait painter. He has been painting and exhibiting for over twenty years, receiving phenomenal acclaim both in America and in Britain.
Since the advent of easy and accessible photography a great deal of Portrait Painters now paint directly from photographs. However, Stephen prefers to remain within the long tradition of portrait painting and invites his subjects to sit for him at his studio. Painting directly from life enables Stephen to build and establish firm relationships with his subjects, permitting him to express each subjectís unique personality and idiosyncrasies, while at the same time incorporating the relationship between the artist and the sitter.
The majority of the subjects for Stephen Finerís expressive portrait paintings are names and faces we are all familiar with, David Bowie and Iman, R. B. Kitaj, Alexandra Bastedo, Patrick Garland and Marlene Dietrich, yet in his unique style the sitters and the paintings take on a new life.
An earlier painting of David Bowie hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. He has works in the Arts Council, British Council, Contemporary Art Society, National Portrait Gallery, London, Pallant House gallery, Sussex, Southport Art Gallery and private collections in Britain and America.