October 12, 2013 – November 29, 2013
PRESS RELEASE: GEOFFREY STEIN: A DECADE OF PORTRAITS
“Geoffrey Stein: A Decade of Portraits”, features 20 of Stein’s paintings and collages from the past 10 years. Stein is a figurative painter who has been concentrating on portraiture. He paints to find out what he thinks about the world, to discover the things he does not have words for. Stein savors the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings. He is interested in the tension between abstraction and realism. Rather than making an academic copy or photorealistic illustration, Stein is exploring the tension between what needs to be shown and what does not: the seen and the unseen.
In his studio practice Stein utilizes collage as a formal element; it offers a way of putting down tone or erasing previous marks. There is a randomness in collage, a secondary meaning in the text or image, that becomes an important part of his finished work. Collage provides a method of capturing the fast-paced, often fragmented moving images of our 21st Century postmodern culture. For Stein, collage brings together multiple images and text from multiple sources into a final portrait. Collage is a way of capturing time that allows Stein to layer multiple images over the scaffolding of a drawing.
Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Stein lives and paints in New York City. He is represented by the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, NY and the Minster Gallery in Hampshire, England. His work can be seen at www.geoffreystein.com.