The Smoking Poet was painted during an artist residency in Reykjavic, Iceland in January 2018. Painted at night in the studio, The Smoking Poet is a mixed media exploration of the tension between abstraction and realistic figurative painting. In this work I emphasize the light on the figure rather than the features of the poet.

- Geoffrey Stein

The Smoking Poet

Pencil, charcoal, ink, gesso and acrylic on paper on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on back

22.5" h x 15" w 
1 lbs. 0 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.”