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.

Black Madonna

Oil painting on paper
Signed on front

30" h x 22" w 
1 lbs. 0 oz.


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This is one of my earlier pieces in a series of paintings celebrating the human figure. It is on heavyweight paper with deckle edges and will need a frame for display.

Oil painting

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