Stephen S. Sawyer Biography
|Stephen S. Sawyer
Artist Stephen S. Sawyer is
nationally known for his portraits and
internationally known for his "Art for God" series. The reproductions
can be found in over 100 countries and in every state of the union.
Stephen’s need to visually express the profound nature of faith is the
driving momentum and influence behind his work.
Stephen Sawyer has been a portrait artist for over 25 years, and he has
studied with many great masters in America
and abroad over the course of 40 years.
Stephen considers research and study a necessary part of continued growth as
a portrait artist, which is why he reserves a month out of each year to
Stephen values live sittings, but rarely is a portrait client able to do
so. He takes great pains in achieving the best lighting possible when shooting photos
of a client. Stephen seeks to take photos that best resemble a live
sitting. After the photo session, Stephen takes specific notes on color
of eyes, hair and skin tones, in the event tones change a bit through
the film developing process.
Stephen takes a month out of each year to study master techniques. He
has studied in Europe, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In the last
three years Stephen has been in over 20 shows in America, two in
Germany, one in England and an on going show at his Gallery in
Versailles, Kentucky. In addition to his shows, Stephen speaks often to
youth groups, churches, conventions and schools.
Several years ago Stephen purchased a historic building in downtown
Versailles, Kentucky. The second floor is Stephens art studio, the
first floor is his Art Gallery and Museum. The second floor interior is
being remodeled at this time to resemble a European town exterior. The
door to enter his studio is a 400-pound castle door created by
artisans. Individuals can view his original work or purchase from a
large selection of lithographs and posters in the first floor gallery. Groups
(churches, schools or tour groups) are encouraged to schedule an
appointment. His litho series is in over 100 countries and every state
of the union.
Here is what some people have said about Steve's anointed art:
"Sawyer is pioneering new artistic ground.I think he may well in a few
years be recognized as one of THE religious artists of our day."
--- Jeff James, Art Dealer, Herald Leader News
"Our lives have been remarkably changed through his Spirit filled art."
--- Ira Slade, MD ‘In Christ’ Mission Clinic
"Truly he is a gifted man from God and his anointing is used exactly
where God has desired it to be used."
---Linda Chartrand, Publisher of The Planting Seed
"Steve’s work has always been a blessing to me. He captures not only
the detail, but also the very spirit of what God is saying. You have to
go back several times to get the whole message. It’s prophecy with a
paintbrush, preaching by canvas, divine inspiration through art. The
eloquence of his work has always quickened my heart to know God more. I
could and have easily preached off the canvas of his work."
--- Graham Cooke, United Christian Ministries, Southampton, England
"Seeing it for the first time, I was nearly overcome by emotion! Each
time I look at it now, I am still moved. I can’t express how much this
means to us."
--- Thomas Thornbury on commission portrait of daughter,
"Your portraits of my boys have ‘lived’ with us now for almost six
months. They are just beautiful & we enjoy them even more each day.
You have truly captured the essence of their spirits as well as
reproducing their physical characteristics. I am so happy to have these
lovely works of art that are also my children."
--- Grace Franks on
commission portraits of sons
Stephen's list of awards include:
Best of Show Portrait at HeArtvisions, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Honorable Mention
at N.Y. Society of Illustrators; Honorable Mention (3 years) at Prints Regional Design;
First Place Portrait at The Kentucky State Fair, Pegasus' Artist of the Week, The Fortress
Silver Award, and the Pegasus Art Award for his portraits.
Currently, Stephen speaks to groups and travels extensively promoting his litho
series. An itinerary is available upon request.
Stephen is working on two more works to become lithos as well as an art
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