Selected works by John Stezaker

John Stezaker
Marriage I

2006

Collage

23.5 x 28.5 cm
John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his elegant juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.

In his Marriage series, Stezaker focuses on the concept of portraiture, both as art historical genre and public identity. Using publicity shots of classic film stars, Stezaker splices and overlaps famous faces, creating hybrid ‘icons’ that dissociate the familiar to create sensations of the uncanny. Coupling male and female identity into unified characters, Stezaker points to a disjointed harmony, where the irreconciliation of difference both complements and detracts from the whole. In his correlated images, personalities (and our idealisations of them) become ancillary and empty, rendered abject through their magnified flaws and struggle for visual dominance.

In using stylistic images from Hollywood’s golden era, Stezaker both temporally and conceptually engages with his interest in Surrealism. Placed in contemporary context, his portraits retain their aura of glamour, whilst simultaneously operating as exotic ‘artefacts’ of an obsolete culture. Similar to the photos of ‘primitivism’ published in George Bataille’s Documents, Stezaker’s portraits celebrate the grotesque, rendering the romance with modernism equally compelling and perverse.
John Stezaker
Fold X

2009

Collage

29.5 x 37 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage L

2007

Collage

26 x 20.32 cm
John Stezaker
She (Film Portrait Collage) III

2008

Collage

26.1 x 27.5 cm
John Stezaker
Visitation

2006

Collage

44 x 61 cm
John Stezaker
She (Film Portrait Collage) V

2007

Collage

27.2 x 22.5 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage IV

2006

Collage

29.5 x 24 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage VIII

2006

Collage

29 x 24 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXXI

2007

Collage

28.6 x 23 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXVIII

2007

Collage

29.6 x 23.8 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXVII

2007

Collage

26.5 x 19.6 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XLV

2007

collage

25.5 x 20.5 cm
John Stezaker
Blind I

2006

Collage

23.2 x 18.7 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask I

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask II

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask III

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask IV

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask V

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask VI

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask VII

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask VIII

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Mask XXIX

2006

Collage

23.5 x 19 cm
John Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) II

2008

Collage

25 x 19.3 cm
John Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) III

2008

Collage

26.6 x 20.4 cm
John Stezaker
Shadow IV

2006

Collage

55 x 40 x 5 cm
John Stezaker
Shadow VI

2006

Collage

24.2 x 18.4 cm
John Stezaker
Sense II

2006

Collage

20.6 x 25.4 cm
John Stezaker
Untitled XXVI

2007

Collage

29.5 x 18.6 cm
John Stezaker
Untitled XXII

2007

Collage

25.4 x 20 cm
John Stezaker
Mask C

2008

Collage

26 x 20.4 cm
John Stezaker
Mask CII

2011

Collage

22.8 x 19 cm
Text by William A Ewing

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information on John Stezaker

theapproach.co.uk
John Stezaker has been centrally influential in a number of developments in art over the last three decades; from Conceptual Art; New Image Art through to the contemporary interest in collage. Showing first as a part of the British Conceptual Art group in 'The New Art', 1972 (The first Hayward Annual), Stezaker's interest in the concept soon gave way to a long-term dedication to the image, finding new aesthetic allegiances with the image through working with found photographs.

tate.org.uk
John Stezaker is fascinated by the power of images and questions the authority of pictures found in books, magazines, postcards and encyclopaedias by directly intervening into their ordinary status. Through the handcrafted act of splicing together, inverting, or simply adjusting an image Stezaker embarks upon 'a process that cuts it off from its disappearance into the everyday world'.

findarticles.com
John Stezaker at The Approach, Art in America by Mark Harris
Combining early and late work, John Stezaker's first solo show in almost a decade revealed how effectively his intimate photographs reenergize the modernist fascination with an urban uncanny. Presented in a freestanding display case were examples from his "Third Person Archive," which was begun in 1976. Here Stezaker, who was born in 1949, presents enlargements of human figures from John Hammerton's 1920s encyclopedia, Countries of the World.

rca.ac.uk
John Stezaker is an artist of both national and international reputation. He was one of the first generation of British Conceptual artists exhibiting in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, including the ‘New Art’ show of 1972 at the Hayward Gallery in London. During the ‘70s, he was one of the pioneers of British photo-art, exhibiting widely in Britain and Europe in group and solo shows, as well as both the Venice and Paris Biennials.