Surf DudeGeoffrey Stein
Acrylic painting on Paper
Ready to frame
Signed on back
29.75 " h x 29.25 " w |2 lbs. 0 oz.
"Surf Dude" was created during the London Intensive residency, organized by the Slade School of Fine Art in August 2015. Surf Dude is the first of three portraits of my friend Jim Plunkett, done from a photo I took of him in my studio. In the photo Jim is wearing an orange shirt while sitting on my red sofa. I loved the warm red and orange reflected up into his face. "Surf Dude" is my take on Jim through the lens of our 12 year relationship and my being uprooted, briefly, into a different culture.
New York, New York
Contemporary portraitist Geoffrey Stein left his job as a New York litigator over 15 years ago to pursue his creative passions. After studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Geoffrey returned to New York with a new career: that of an artist. Based in a bright Garment District studio, Geoffrey creates portraits mostly from life, or from reference images he clips from magazines or his own photographs. Collage and layering are major components of the work. Varying degrees of abstraction within Geoffrey’s oeuvre set a range of emotional tones. “For me, there has always been a tension between the verbal and the visual,” he says. “I paint because I do not have words for the things the paintings are about.”