Xanadu Gallery | Scottsdale, AZ*

Stephen Hansen

About Stephen Hansen

Stephen Hansen delights collectors with his popular series
"Great Moments in Art." He creates parodies of famous paintings
from art history by well-known artists such as Picasso,
Monet, and Van Gogh, adding comical 3-D paper mache
figures interacting with the art.

Stephen’s statement on the Great Moments series:

I started the Great Moments series in 2014 to take a break from sculpture, and just couldn't quite quit painting. The appeal of this series for me is standing before the easel and painting the painting. It is like putting on a costume and being someone else for a time. The paper mache painters simply represent my thoughts while doing the painting (and this seemed like a good way to learn how to paint). The project started with a Rothko, and the notion that one’s life work might have been accomplished one brilliant weekend with a roller. What if artwork really was, well….work, and paintings were done by painters? It had never occurred to me, until I became involved in this project, to pretend to be someone else for a few days. It is a bit like a holiday, though I would recommend Gauguin over van Gogh.”