1) Naked woman standing with arms crossed; 2) Head of a Woman; 3) Head and Shoulders of a Woman by Stephen Finer

Stephen Finer specialises in painting portraits, portraits of people that display their humanity while preserving their anonymity.


Oil on canvas
1) 76.2 x 64.1 cm; 2) 30.5 x 25.4 cm; 3) 46 x 35.5 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Wendy Finer through The Art Fund

Heads, torsos, nudes - all in the familiar studio pose, yet rendered in a series of thick brushstrokes. Finer uses a palette of astonishing variation that obliterates the identifying features, without diminishing the basic human content of the subject. These three paintings are all prime examples of Finer's recourse to abstract portraiture on canvas; in Naked Woman Standing with Arms Crossed the subject stands facing the viewer, at once exposed physically within an empty background, yet remaining psychologically ambiguous. The Towner holds a significant body of abstract work to which these 3 works by Finer make a valuable contribution.


Wendy Finer.

Venue details

Towner Art Gallery Devonshire Park, College Road, EASTBOURNE East Sussex BN21 4JJ 01323 434670 www.townereastbourne.org.uk

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