Who is Stephen Kasner?
Stephen Kasner is a 44 year old contemporary artist, who has exhibited paintings world-wide. He is known as a magician, musician, graphic artist, photographer, illustrator, painter and also writer of the book Stephen Kasner WORKS: 1993 -2006.
Stephen Kasner illuminate the ineffable and bypass any clichéd symbol, bridging animal and human, male and female, light and dark dream and nightmare. Some images which are extremely frightening and cuts into the subconscious. His works are in drawings, photography and paint and his own words are that he works unconsciously. He doesn’t have a specific image he tries to capture, but working from the unconscious arise images and shapes.
The darkness and blackness are powerful in his work and it seems to flow from his artwork into his music. Blood Fountains is the musical name he uses and it also reflects something dark, frightening and mysterious. Stephen Kasner has double minors in photography and drawing, but received his major in illustration from Cleveland Institute of Art.
He is very proud of the work he does on albums and doesn’t see it as a lesser form of art, which it certainly is not. He works with bands he feels an emotional connection with and expresses their music beautifully into artwork. He seriously relates to the work of Damien Hirst who is an established fine artist and sees him as genial.
Stephen Kasner has a taste in music some people may call weird and dark, but that is exactly what he is, not necessarily weird and dark, but an enigmatic person not worried what others think or say. A man of his own tastes and brilliance to match who loves the music of Earth, James Plotkin, Electric Wizard, Sunn O))), Boran and der Club of Gore.
His preferred method of painting is in real scale, which can take months to complete, but when working with bands there are obviously deadlines involved, which robs him the luxury of time.