Stéphane Dafflon

The compositions for Stéphane Dafflon’s meticulously executed paintings, murals, and objects begin at the computer screen. Digitally manipulating line, color, pattern, orientation, and size, Dafflon ultimately obtains a rhythmic spatiality that is at once economical and playful. Like other Swiss artists of his generation, Dafflon’s predominantly non-figurative work invokes the long history of twentieth-century abstraction, as well contemporary advertising graphics, industrial design principles, and an awareness of popular culture trends. From within the repetitive nature of many of his works emerge nuanced eccentricities or deviations from the norm that startle the eye. This active energy is further amplified by the engulfing scale and bright color palette typical of Dafflon’s works.