Stephen Frew is an Ottawa-based artist, whose work is found in collections across Canada, the US, England and France.
With a focus on portraiture and figurative pieces, Frew's work encompasses a range of techniques and media. His practice is strongly influenced by the work of many great 20th and 21st century artists including Francis Bacon’s use of darkness, colour, and the flux between abstraction and figuration, Lucien Freud’s brushwork, texture and examination of flesh, and Egon Schiele’s line, colour, distortion of figure and examination of self.
Frew holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Calgary. His Master’s thesis show at Concordia was entitled “i am not archival” and included more than 120 self-portraits in a range of media including intaglio and linocut on paper, oil and acrylic paint on canvas, and mixed media on recycled pizza boxes.