b. 1949, United Kingdom

John Stezaker Biography

Acclaimed London-based artist John Stezaker is known for his photographic collage works, that draw on the artist’s immense archive of mid-twentieth century cinema memorabilia, agency head-shots, postcards and photobooks. In a practice built over several decades, Stezaker splices together diverse visions, conjoining male and female faces along sharp diagonal seams, or placing scenic Romantic landscape postcards directly over the expressions of unknown actors. Using the remnants of the film industry to revitalise the power of the static image, insisting on the dynamism of the single frame and of the silent picture.

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Read in a time of post-lens imaging, Stezaker’s works recall Surrealist techniques and the form of modern political satire; appearing first as relics from Hollywood’s golden era, and not without some nostalgia. However these fabricated portraits of an obsolete glamour speak directly to a contemporary experience of fragmentation and illegibility, becoming reminders of the impossibility of the image to communicate.

He was awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize; and held a major survey exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 2011.

John Stezaker Featured Artworks

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Crossing Over [Edition] by John Stezaker contemporary artwork works on paper, photography
John Stezaker Crossing Over [Edition], 2014 'Crossing Over' (2014) image fragment, monograph and cloth-bound clamp case.
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Medium I by John Stezaker contemporary artwork works on paper, photography
John Stezaker Medium I, 2011 Collage
21.1 x 28.1 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Tabula Rasa by John Stezaker contemporary artwork works on paper, photography
John Stezaker Tabula Rasa, 2011 Signed artist's book and slipcase
28.6 x 21 x 2.5 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Touch by John Stezaker contemporary artwork painting
John Stezaker Touch, 2014 Archival pigment print on Somerset Photo Satin 300gsm paper
55.5 x 44 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Circle XII by John Stezaker contemporary artwork mixed media
John Stezaker Circle XII, 2018 Collage
23.5 x 29.3 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled by John Stezaker contemporary artwork mixed media
John Stezaker Untitled, 2018 Collage
18.9 x 23.6 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Circle XIII by John Stezaker contemporary artwork mixed media
John Stezaker Circle XIII, 2018 Collage
24.7 x 22.9 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
L II by John Stezaker contemporary artwork mixed media
John Stezaker L II, 2018 Collage
25.8 x 20.6 cm
Starkwhite Enquire

John Stezaker Recent Exhibitions

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