The work included here is representative of the current direction of my painting. It is a recent stage of a continuum that began in my undergraduate studies where I was fortunate to be able to paint directly from nature. While my career has taken me through various phases during which I incorporated constructed elements and mixed media, I have always included landscape as an element. Thematically, my imagery is intended to suggest the finite quality of the natural environment.
My working method involves studies from nature with larger compositions following that are produced in the studio. I also work in the field during the summer months. I prefer the tactile sensations of painting with oil on canvas. I am interested in composition and light as elements to be manipulated in order to depict the mood of the setting.
There seems to be a basic human need to experience vast space and natural phenomena. We pause to take it in when the moment strikes us. Light, color, atmosphere and the season are all part of what has stopped me at these places.
But open space is also a commodity. The images I have created are from locations that captured my attention; some are gone already while others remain for now. I use an approach that has its roots in the 19th century but is seen through the viewpoint of today's altered landscape.
born: 1949, Dayton, Ohio
University of Cincinnati, MFA, 1975
Wright State University, BFA, 1972
Summerfair Foundation Individual Artists Grant, 2011
Frank F. Weisberg Award for Excellence in Painting, 2011; Water Tower Regional, Louisville, KY
Award of Excellence, Art at the X, National Juried Exhibition, Xavier University Art Gallery, 2008
City of Cincinnati Individual Artists Grant, 1996
Dayton City Paper, "The Limitless Views" of Stefan Chinov and Craig Lloyd, May 22 - 28, 2012, p. 8
Catalogue, 2010 Contemporary Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN
Catalogue, Burb, an exhibit of work exploring zones of living, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnat, OH
Dayton Daily News, Lovin Landscapes, June 25, 2006, p. D12
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Dayton Visual Art Center, Limitless View, Stefan Chinov and Craig Lloyd, Dayton, OH, 2012
UC Clermont College, Park National Bank Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2010
Carnegie Arts Center, Duveneck Gallery, Covington, KY, 2009
Thomas More College, Eva G. Farris Art Gallery, Crestview Hills, KY, 2007
selected group shows
2011/2012 Governor‚s Office and Residence Exhibition, Columbus, OH
Artful Teaching, Riffe Gallery, Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, Columbus, OH, 2011
2010 Contemporary Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, 2010
74th Annual Mid-Year Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 2010