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Photography and Video Art . The themes of his studies are quite eclectic . The style of his art, though, is consistently in the genres of Documentary and Impressionism . The cover photocomposition is from the series Lyon.

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Germersheim, Germany Artist-in-Residence year 2020 / 2021
Salon d'art Regain . Palais de Bondy . Lyon, France . 12-27 September 2020

Video Art
Video Art

Karl F. Stewart est un artiste américain. Aux États-Unis, il a travaillé comme journaliste, photojournaliste, professeur dans une école d’art et a été lauréat du prestigieux prix National Endowment for the Arts Artist-in-Residence pour deux ans. Depuis les années 1980, M. Stewart habite en Europe où il a enseigné comme professeur à l’Université des Études de Turin pendant 25 ans. Pendant ces dix dernières années, il a vécu à San Francisco puis à Düsseldorf. Depuis septembre 2016, il s’est installé en France. Le travail artistique de Karl F. Stewart a été présenté dans des expositions et différentes compétitions à Londres, Paris, Berlin, Téhéran, en Espagne, en Russie et aux États-Unis.


In aesthetics there exists the notion of Beauty. And beauty is often associated to the concept of the sacred. The idea being that when aesthetics is viewed as a harmonious mix of proportions, it reflects the majestic awe of the creation of all there ever was, is or will be. Plotinus on Beauty commented, Human Beings are suspended halfway between the Gods and the beasts. Beauty nudges Humanity toward the Gods

I started photography in 1974. I had studied existential philosophy and psychology at university in Pittsburgh. My next step after university was not very clear. I had already done a two-year night school program in design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh while studying at university during the day. So following an intuition, I bought a camera and a couple of lens and took a one-and-a-half-hour a week course on photography for three months at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Association. Nine months later I was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts artist-in-residence for two years.

My very first images were photo compositions and photograms designed on the easel. I still vividly remember the magic of photography at three in the morning while working alone in the darkroom at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Association and seeing images mystically appear in the developing tray. In comparison, the digital age of today, though very advantageous for many reasons, is a very superficial age. Its mysticism runs along surfaces without depth.

And even though after my artist-in-residence I went on to teach photographic composition at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I was always drawn toward journalism. During my first years of photography I was regularly free-lancing for Associated Press in Pittsburgh. So eventually I went back to university to study journalism.

I later worked for few years as a photographer, journalist and in the editorial department of a couple small newspapers. Desiring to expand my cultural horizons, I decided to leave the States, and I moved to Italy where I eventually raised a family. After a few years in Italy photography became a distant experience, and I found a post as a professor at the Università degli Studi di Torino to teach English. I also privately taught courses on communication for executives in corporations.

When I worked in journalism, I was convinced it was necessary to report the atrocities Human Beings perpetrated on other Human Beings. I, as many others, believed that the harsh information revealing our brutality if disseminated to the masses would convince us to change our behavior. And while teaching at university my opinions did not change much. I still insisted on telling it like was.

It was not until 2006, when I wrote a booklet entitled Humanity in Chaos, that I had a change in perspective. In a section entitled The cosmic field of humanity’s oneness I mentioned the Butterfly Effect as related to the work of Edward Lorenz who in 1961 observed how a slight decimal change in a numerical computer model could result in a completely different weather pattern. The point was that if his observations were correct, seemingly insignificant changes could have unimaginable effects on our environment. From this someone poetically suggested, does the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?

After not having done a photograph for more than 20 years, I started to photograph again in 2008. In this period I was still captivated by the notion of the butterfly effect. The question that arose was, if we decide to stand up, sit down, walk or run, does it change something in a far off place in the world? The notion is directly related to the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. Do we think before acting or do we act mindlessly by mental default?

Applying this to photography, the question I asked myself was, if we propagate images of violence and degradation, do these images ripple throughout our world and augment their proportion creating violence and degradation in our lives, even in distant lands? Accordingly, I changed my perceptions on how I wanted to now propose my images.

Most of my work today reflects my search for Beauty. A few examples are San Francisco Street Portraits, images of the homeless. Rather than insist on the clichés of the homeless as being drunk, drugged and less than human, I desired to mirror onto the camera their dignity as Human Beings. Alice in Dûsseldorf is a series illustrating the beauty of reflected images on the surfaces of what are often polluted lakes, rivers or canals. Vanishing Beauty pictures the remnants of poetic beauty of a typical small town which is probably economically and demographically dying as society transitions from a traditional economy to a digital economy. Lumière . Lumen . Lux documents for one year the passage of light through the interior of the Abbaye Saint-Philibert which was built around 1019.

When visualizing my reality, I prefer to live with the Gods.


Regarding the term Technique, Stewart would probably have to start off saying the two styles dominating the genre of his work are Documentary and Impressionism. In fact everything he does is oriented around these two hashtags.

Another characteristics of his images is the vibrancy of the colors he uses which is a constant throughout the various series he develops.

Specifically related to photography, technically his images are museum quality archival prints. This implies his images are printed on high quality archival acid free paper using the latest technology in printing, Digigraphie, which is also referred to as pigment archival ink printing.

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The poetic in the midst of chaos ...

Artist EXPERTISE Image 1
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2018 - Artiste de l'année de la ville . Tournus, France
2018 - 8éme Biennale Rencontres Européens du Portrait Photographique . Mention Special Social 2018 / San Francisco Portraits . Bourbon-Lancy, France
2014 - Amsterdam Film Festival . Best Experimental Film . My Shadow an Illusion of Me . Amsterdam, Netherlands
1974-76 - National Endowment for the Arts Artist-in-Residence photography grant for two years . USA



Salon d'art Regain . Palais de Bondy, Lyon, France September
Salle François Martin . Mâcon, France September
Rotterdam Art Week / Photo Festival Netherlands February

Kunstverein Germersheim - Vanishing Beauty . three-person - Germersheim, Germany November
BASA (11éme Biennale d’Art Sacré Actuel) - Lumièr Lumen Lux - Lyon, France October-November
Salon d'art Regain . Palais de Bondy, Lyon, France September
Salon d'art Chapelle Saint-Etienne, Beaune, France September
Salon d'Art Biennale, Château Chalon, France May/June
Maison Fusier - Alice in Düsseldorf . solo - Ferney-Voltaire, France April - May
Millenaire Abbaye Saint-Philibert - Lumière . Lumen . Lux . solo - Tournus, France Apri - September

Lumirère . Lumen . Lux, 120 pages, 52 images, one page of text translated into four languages (English, French, German, Italian), France

Église Saint-Valérien (constructed in 1008) - Vanishing Beauty . solo - Tournus, France September
Cabinet Françoise Floret - Out of Focus . solo - Ferney-Voltaire, France June - July
8éme Biennale Rencontres Européens du Portrait, Bourbon-Lancy, France July-October
9ème Biennale Internationale d'Art Contemporain de Marcigny, Marcigny, France July-August

Mitte Media Festival, Fata Morgana Gallery - Animaux Découpage - Berlin, Germany

Corridor Eelephant Magazine - Alice in Düsseldorf - France
Musée Magazine - San Francisco Top to Bottom - New York
Magazine 43 - Alice in Düsseldorf - Taiwan,


Lumière . Lumen . Lux

Book released 1 June 2019

120 pages, 52 images, 1 page of text in four languages (English, French, German, Italian)

price 25€ / 35€ signed and numbered (plus shipping costs)

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