"Ink Back" was one of the first ink drawings I did in the spring of 2017 after having spent 18 months on a series of large collages for a solo show. I wanted to work from life and work quickly.  I used the ink to touch the form and negative space surrounding the figure. Sepia tones and black sumi ink were used in the drawing. Orange opaque ink was used to “correct” the drawing. This is an homage to the orange ink used by calligraphy masters to correct their students' work.

- Geoffrey Stein

Ink Back

Ink artwork on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on back

20.75" h x 15" w 
0 lbs. 1 oz.



Geoffrey Stein
New York, New York

Getting to Know Geoffrey

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.”