“I am tired. I am tired of speech
and of action. In the heart of me
you will find a tiny handful of
dust. Take it and blow it out
upon the wind. Let the wind have
it and it will find its way home.”—Tennessee Williams, from “Blue Song” (via litverve)
Varnish Drawing, 2011, pencil and varnish on paper, 20 x 15 in
Fading Away, 2004, acrylic and graphic on paper, 20 x 16 in
I am a figurative painter who prefers to work from life when possible. I paint to find out what I think about the world; to discover the things I do not have words for. I savor the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings about the person being painted. I am interested in the tension between abstraction and realism. I do not want to make an academic copy of the model or a photo realistic illustration. My paintings explore the tension between what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.
Geoff 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. More of his work can be seen at www.geoffreystein.com & geoffreystein.tumblr.com.