Stephen Altena

Stephen Altena

Pattern and decoration are at the forefront of Stephen Altena’s painting practice. Spending his childhood on a dairy farm in rural Ontario, Stephen grew up admiring the decorative elements found in his family home. His artistic practice has since come to develop a continued engagement with decoration and has come to incorporate a remixing of patterns, motifs, and botanicals with the intention to create works of beauty and moments of visual pleasure.

His most recent works have been informed by the restrictions experienced in the global pandemic lockdowns. As Stephen states:

“Unable to visit gardens during lockdown, I revisited on-hand source materials, such as photos and sketches from previous visits to the Royal Botanical Gardens. [In these works] the flowers and gardens have been remixed to create a new Quarantine Garden; a vibrant and new hybrid space existing somewhere between the figurative, the abstract, and the world of pattern and decoration.”

Stephen Altena is a graduate of the Independent Study Program at Dundas Valley School Of Art. In addition to his painting practice, he is cofounder of Hundred Dollar Gallery, with Andrew McPhail, and is a founding member of the Hamilton artist run collective, The Assembly Gallery. Stephen currently lives and works in Hamilton, ON.

Pattern and decoration are at the forefront of Stephen Altena’s painting practice. Spending his childhood on a dairy farm in rural Ontario, Stephen grew up admiring the decorative elements found in his family home. His artistic practice has since come to develop a continued engagement with decoration and has come to incorporate a remixing of patterns, motifs, and botanicals with the intention to create works of beauty and moments of visual pleasure.

His most recent works have been informed by the restrictions experienced in the global pandemic lockdowns. As Stephen states:

“Unable to visit gardens during lockdown, I revisited on-hand source materials, such as photos and sketches from previous visits to the Royal Botanical Gardens. [In these works] the flowers and gardens have been remixed to create a new Quarantine Garden; a vibrant and new hybrid space existing somewhere between the figurative, the abstract, and the world of pattern and decoration.”

Stephen Altena is a graduate of the Independent Study Program at Dundas Valley School Of Art. In addition to his painting practice, he is cofounder of Hundred Dollar Gallery, with Andrew McPhail, and is a founding member of the Hamilton artist run collective, The Assembly Gallery. Stephen currently lives and works in Hamilton, ON.