Stan Narten, Inri, 2009. oil on linen, 130 x 99 cm, 51.2 x 40 in.
Born in 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria, Stan Narten lives and works in New York. He combines the use of the digital process and conventional techniques of painting. He begins with mainly figurative images of paintings from different centuries, which often deal with religious or mythological themes, or portraits of influential people. He deconstructs, blurring the visibility of the original image to render a single enigmatic work. The abstraction is mainly created by the use of pieces of the original image carefully arranged to hand-drawn elements. Throughout this process, the iconography is superimposed on the original elements of the digital process, leaving suggestions of visual disturbances. In the tradition of the old masters, his paintings are constructed with a multitude of layers and accumulations of glaze with a depth and a light that only the medium of oil painting is capable of rendering.
The nature of faith is a concept that has long fascinated Narten, and the method of abstraction in his paintings reflects his vision of man in the universe. The artist plays with the innate tendency of man to read images from an anthropomorphic point of view so that as abstract as his paintings may be, human beings keep this ability to identify the representation. Stan Narten depicts the aesthetic between figuration and abstraction, defining the connection between order and chaos, disillusionment and faith. In this ambiguous area of perception, Narten refers to the experience of reversing the familiar and the foreign, the known and the unknown.
Stan Narten exhibits regularly at Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York. Galerie Richard, Paris, presented him in the exhibition The Incomplete-Paris in 2010, which brought together 28 young artists collected by Hubert Neumann.