The Kings and Queens of Late Night by Geoffrey Stein

STATEMENT:

In my studio practice I utilize collage as a formal element. It provides a way of putting down tone or erasing previous marks. There is a randomness in collage; the secondary meaning in the text or image becomes an important part of the finished work. Collage allows me to layer multiple images over the scaffolding of a drawing. I use materials from the subject’s world to create their likeness. This is a modern take on the renaissance tradition of putting objects into a portrait to illustrate the attributes of the subject, for example books to show the subject was educated, a dog to show loyalty or furs to show wealth. For Jon Stewart, I used collage material from the 9/11 Responders’ act he championed, Amy Schumer was done with her cousin Senator Chuck Schumer’s Gun Control bill, Jimmy Fallon was done with thank you cards to reference his Thank You Notes segment, and John Oliver was done with USA Today and the London Tube Map, because he’s so British

Bio:

Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received a Certificate in Painting from the New York Studio School in 2004 and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2007. Stein lives and paints in New York City. He is represented by the Minster Gallery in the UK and online by SaatchiArt.com and UGallery.com.

Amy Schumer

Collage material from the New York Times and Chuck Schumer’s Gun Control bill S.2934 (2016), acrylic, gesso and pencil on canvas

60 x 48 inches

2016

Chelsea Handler

Collage material from The New York Times and photocopies from “Are you there, vodka? It’s me, Chelsea” and “Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang”, acrylic, gesso and pencil on canvas

60 x 48 inches

2016

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Leno

Collage material from The New York Times, Hemmings Motor News, and photocopies from Classic & Sports Car Thoroughbred & Classic Cars, acrylic, gesso and pencil on

canvas

60 x 48 inches

2016

Jimmy Fallon

Collage material from photocopied Thank You notes from Sunrise Greetings, PapyrusMarcel Schurman and Niquea.D, acrylic, gesso and pencil on canvas

60 x 48 inches

2016

 

 

 

 

Here’s Johnny! (Portrait of Johnny Carson)

Here’s Johnny! Copies of freeze-frames from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, collage material from The New York Times, acrylic, gesso and pencil on canvas

60 x 48 inches

2017

 Trevor Noah

Collage material from the New York Times, acrylic, gesso

and pencil on canvas 60 x 48 inches

2016

Geoffrey Stein

www.geoffreystein.com gsteinnyc@gmail.com

(646) 244-0170

 

 


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