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J.W. Stewart

J. W. Stewart is an artist who lives and works in Montreal. He was born in 1951 in Quebec City and raised in Montreal. He studied art in the Mosaic program of Dawson College and Fine Arts and Creative Writing at Concordia University.

In his artwork he has developed an unusual style using colour copy transfers combined with industrial enamels and other unorthodox media on very large paper supports which affords the possibility of inserting photographic and documentary material (photos, maps, typeset texts, technical illustrations, graphs, and charts, etc.) into a painterly context.

Stewart began showing in 1981 in group shows and had his first solo show in 1983 at Galerie Alliance. Since 1984 he has been represented in Montreal by Waddington & Gorce where he has had regular solo exhibitions. He has participated in many group exhibitions in Quebec, Canada, and abroad. His work is in private, corporate and public collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Stewart's involvement in graphic design began in his student days when friends asked him to design covers for their books. He pursued this interest and earned his living and supported his personal artwork in this way.

In the mid-1980s Stewart began applying the techniques developed in his personal work to uses in illustration. His work as an illustrator has been used in magazines, in annual reports, and in advertising, and on book covers, album covers, and posters. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, The Utne Reader, and in many other publications. His work has appeared in annual exhibitions of the New York Society of Illustrators and in Communication Arts? Illustration Annual.

As his work in illustration has become more widely known and accepted, Stewart has been able to forego graphic design to concentrate his energies exclusively on the making of images for use as illustration and on his own artwork for gallery showing. Exceptionally, he continues to design book covers for Véhicule Press and other literary publishers, album covers for the music business, and projects for cultural events.

For more information about J.W. Stewart's personal work please contact:

J.W. Stewart
4538 rue Drolet,
Montreal, Quebec,
H2T 2G4.

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