Although I still work as an illustrator, the self exploration and freedom involved in painting without a client in mind has become extremely precious to me. The allowance that a mistake is not a problem, but more often an opportunity to move myself in a different direction lets me explore my work in a fresh way." I suppose that's a nice way of saying I make a lot of mistakes.
Thursday on Decatur- New Orleans, LA First Runner Up
Watercolor Artist Magazine's "What Do You Love" Competition with a feature in the June 2013 isuue.
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Iain Stewart Watercolors Selected Exhibitions / Awards / Features
2012 "Delancey to the Williamsburg Bridge" 2nd Place New York Society of Renderers Cover Competition- NYC "Down to the Quarter" Awarded 3rd Place International Watercolor Society 1st Annual Exhibition- Izmir, Turkey "5th Avenue in Rain" selected for inclusion in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao Watercolor Biennial at the Quanhua Watercolor Art Gallery Shanghai, China. Feature Article- East Alabama Magazine December 2012 2011 Evening on Magazine Street- Gallery Award Higbee Gallery Fall 2011 6 x 6 Show.
Awarded Signature status with the National Watercolor Society.
Thurlow Dam from the Fitzpatrick Bridge- Cheap Joe's Purchase Award- Natioinal Watercolor Society 91st Annual Exhibition
5th Avenue in Rain- First Honorable Mention (4th Place) Louisiana Watercolor Society's 41st Annual International Exhibition New Orleans, LA
1st Avenue at Noon- Recognition of Excellence Higbee Gallery 6" Squared Exhibition Costa Mesa, CA
Watercolor Society of Alabama 2010 Online Exhibition- Recognition of Excellence Award
Watercolor Artist Magazine 2010 "Ones to Watch Feature" in the December 2010 issue
Tracks #2 Opelika, Alabama- juried into National Watercolor Society All Members show San Pedro, CA
South Rail Road Avenue in Snow- Southern Watercolor Society Award 69th Annual National Exhibit Watercolor Society of Alabama Troy, AL
Last Light Lower East Side- Award of Merit Auburn Arts Association / City Fest Juried Show Auburn, AL
Wrigley Building Chicago- Award of Merit Auburn Arts Association 10th Annual Juried Show Auburn, AL
Utrecht Arts Featured Artist of the Month- July 2010
Featured Artist- Chris Beck's Showcase Blog- Brush, Paper, Water. July 2010
5th Avenue in Rain- FASO Bold Brush Competition- Finalist Outstanding Watercolor November 2010
Tracks #2 Montgomery Art Guild 2010 Regions Bank Exhibit Award of Excellence Montgomery, AL
Richeson 75 2010 Small Works Exhibit- 3 images selected by jury for inclusion in show
Feature Article- Watercolor Magazine December 2010 "Ones to Watch" Feature Article- Arts in Alabama Magazine Dec. 2010
Feature Article- Montgomery Arts Guild Winter 2010 Newsletter
Feature Article- Pratique des Arts- Spécial Aquarelle International Dec 2010 (French ed.)
"The Loveliest Village on the Plains- a portrait of Auburn, Alabama" available here
Iain Stewart is an award winning watercolor artist and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
His work has received numerous awards and been included in many national and international exhibitions. Most recently his watercolor "Decatur Street, New Orleans" was awarded 2nd Place Watercolor Magazine's "What do you Love" Competition and a feature in the July 2013 issue. "Thurlow Dam, Tallassee Alabama" was honored with a Purchase Award in the 91st Annual National Watercolor Society International Exhibition and his work "5th Avenue in Rain" was selected for inclusion in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition.
Iain will be featured in the March 2013 issue of the international publication The Art of Watercolour.
His paintings have been published in Southern Living, Cottage Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Robb Report, Watercolor Artist Magazine and the French publication Pratique des Arts.
Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama, and in addition to gallery work, is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and teaches watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.
I rely on instinct a great deal and endeavor not to imbue any false grandeur to the choices I make when working. The lion's share of my work is done alla prima as my real struggle in painting is to capture the initial vision for any given piece. I am most often motivated by capturing a definitive lighting condition and how it influences shape and value rather than faithfully representing the subject as witnessed. Watercolor is uniquely suited for this task as "light" is reserved from the first brush strokes and must be protected throughout the painting process .
The underlying narrative in my work is not based on any theme in particular but but quite simply how "place" is inhabited and used daily. I often use remembered atmospheric and lighting conditions in my work and would say that I paint from life and memory simultaneously. My watercolors are not only a translation of what I see, but more importantly, an expression of how I choose to view the world.
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