E.F. was painted from photographs in a women's fashion catalogue. I used this photograph because the color was more nuanced than in magazines or from the internet. E.F. was painted on a brilliant blue ground, which was meant to pop the warm flesh tones of the portrait. I used oil for the delicate color of the skin tones over an acrylic underpainting that allowed me to quickly resolve drawing issues. I spent a number of years looking at this painting before realizing it was done. 

- Geoffrey Stein


Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

48" h x 36" w x 1.25" d
10 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.”