Stacey Manton is a Stockport-based professional artist and painter following an age-old tradition of figurative painting. His work is based on life in and around Greater Manchester, though he has a considerable portfolio of work done in Spain. Stacey’s background is in design and advertising and he spent over ten years in the industry as a commercial illustrator.<
He first began painting in oils at the age of seven and was preoccupied throughout his early years with being able to paint like the old masters like Velazquez, Goya, Rubens, Rembrant, Vermeer, Chardin, Hogarth, Manet and Constable. Stacey says:
“For as far back as I can remember I’ve held a fascination for drawing and painting people. Wherever I go I’m looking for the same things, the characters in the street, in the doorways, at the bus stops, or on the benches. These are the people I wanted in my pictures my vision is to record aspects of life as I see them without contrived sentiment and without taking a moral stance. These paintings are about the observation of the reality of human existence in our society”.
The focus of his work is the people we see everyday, in the park, in a bar, in a window or on a wall.
For Stacey these are the people who make a place special and these are the people which he goes to extraordinary lengths to capture in his pictures.
He uses various means of procuring the photographs he works from, using hidden cameras, ‘drive-by’ photography and even offering booze or fags in return for a snapshot. The subjects being the overlooked, the old, the frail, the drunk, the destitute, the disenfranchised, or the plain comical.
A full gallery of his work can be found on his own website at:
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