Photo: Rosie Lopeman
Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received a Certificate in painting from the New York Studio School in 2004, and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2007. Stein lives and paints in New York City.
I paint, draw and collage to find out what I think about the world; to discover the things I do not have words for. When painting, I savor the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings about the subject, and in collage, I love the randomness — the snippets of text and photographs appearing and disappearing that becomes the subject’’‘‘s likeness. I am interested in the conversation between abstraction and realism. I do not want to make an academic copy of the model or a photo realistic illustration. My work rather explores the tension of what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.
Collage material from the New York Times, and altered photographs by Mississippi Today, Tougaloo Commencement Speech; Screenshot from Stacey Abrams commercial; Jessica Mcgowan, Getty Images; Alyssa Pointer, Atlanta Journal Constitution; Brynn Anderson, AP; Diwang Valdez, New York Times; acrylic, and pencil on canvas
76 x 76 cm