Stewart Wayne Fanning

Artist

Bio & Statement

Stewart Fanning started drawing as a kid, inspired by morning cartoons. For a young kid, it was inspiring and would try to mimic the lines and styles he saw in the cartoons. Wanting to pursuit the arts seriously, Stewart studied Fine Arts at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, then to N.S.C.A.D University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to complete his BFA. This is where he developed his artistic style.

After several years working as a graphic designer, Stewart moved to Sarnia in 2013, where he currently resides, and works occasionally as an art instructor, event organizer, and works full time managing a custom framing shop. Stewart is also a muralist, animator, and illustrator. Although Stewart’s art changes quite often, his current work is inspired by 80’s and 90’s digital aesthetic such as pixel art, and low-poly art.

I love using different art styles, including pixel-art and 3D rendering, to create large scale illustrations that convey the feelings of nostalgia and memories of visiting geographic locations, and how those collective memories can either inspire someone or just bring them joy. Living in a city, and working 9-5, it can be difficult to travel, so when I do, I really like to take inspiration from the different sights I see. I would either recreate photos I take or create something. It would be printed on an acrylic panel and illuminated from the inside, like a lightbox. This would make the image really stand out and pop. It will be a piece that will, not only, catch the attention, but also make them think about the places they may have visited in the past.

The Giving Island

The Giving Island

Stewart Wayne Fanning

Stewart Wayne Fanning

Sarnia, Ontario

Canada

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