Stephen Poling
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Stephen explores the potential of paint and its physical qualities in his body of work. He sees painting as a way to express the power, beauty and mystery of life. Movements such as Art Informel and Abstract Expressionism continue to influence his abstracted figures. “Working with the figure is my best loved subject,” says Stephen. He begins each painting by returning to his sketchbook, which contains a collection of drawings from life, his imagination, and photographs. Stephen currently lives in New Mexico, where he works from his home. He considers his small studio to be a sanctuary where he can dream and paint.

Artist and Customer Comments

Stephen Poling 12/3/2015 | 2:49 PM

Thank you Raoul, it's great to know people out there are liking my work - I appreciate your comment! As you've noticed, I love the Bay Area Figurative painters and also de Kooning's figurative work. Thanks again - Stephen

R De Chant 12/3/2015 | 2:38 PM

Your figurative paintings are truly exceptional, much in the tradition of the great Bay Area artists such as David Park and Paul Wonner. Keep up the good work....

Stephen Poling 5/16/2014 | 4:15 PM

Hello P Hammonds, Thank you for your positive comments! I'm trying to paint energy and life using expressive drawing and color - I'm glad you like the paintings!

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P Hammonds 5/15/2014 | 4:39 PM

This is special. More like this...the uniquely feminine geometry - angles, curves + your sense of color.

M Rubenstein 2/11/2013 | 12:55 AM

your interpretation of the nude form is magical...really good... thx

N Bell 5/17/2012 | 2:45 PM

Love your work. Really beautiful. I independently put two different works on yours on my wish list.

Standing Figure

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

30" h x 24" w x 1.25" d
6 lbs. 0 oz.


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In this painting I'm working with the human form, exploring how the expressive handling of paint combined with the drawing of the figure creates a feeling.

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Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

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