For me, art is a way of exploring the world and figuring out what I think about it.
My “Irrational Exuberance” portrait series began in 2009 when the economy was in turmoil. I started by gathering and collaging material from the subjects’ worlds: the legal complaints against Madoff, and text from the Wall Street Journal. When the Dodd-Frank Act passed, I returned to the series from a new perspective, using text from the bill to create a portrait of Elizabeth Warren.
Jill Abramson was the first female managing editor of the The New York Times. When she asked to be paid the same as her male predecessor, The Times fired her. After hearing of her firing, I painted her portrait using The Times business section.
Late night host Larry Wilmore, comic, writer, performer, producer and businessman. The portrait is done with collage material from the FT, New York Times and Wall Street Journal and acrylic, gesso and pencil on paper. Wilmore is the first of ten projected collage portraits for a show at Lionheart Gallery in November 2016.
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 the UK.
Learn more about Geoffrey Stein: www.geoffreystein.com
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