Modern relationships, urban violence, and the society of loneliness are all themes found in Stephen Lack’s work. He has an innate ability to reflect on modern American life through a simple, yet intense palette. This method, paired with powerful, relatable human themes, result in a strong emotional reaction from his audience and an appreciation for painting - one which is sometimes lost in the complexities of the contemporary moment. His paintings recall a time when art was most simply about visual aesthetics and independent self-expression.
Lack received his BA from McGill University (Montréal) in 1967. He then received his MFA from the Instituto Allende (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) in 1969. While originally from Montréal, Lack now works out of New York City, where he lives with his family.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Signature: Signed and dated /90 on the reverse; titled on gallery label
Galerie Daniel, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
About Stephen Lack
Looking to Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Stephen Lack considers how media has transformed modern, visual relationships in the surrounding world. Using a bright, varying palette and bold, outlining strokes, Lack imbues everyday, passing moments with a sense of optimism and idealism. He considers each piece to be a “small drama” in which modern relationships, urban violence, and politics emerge as dominant themes.
Canadian , b. 1946, Montreal, QC, Canada, based in New York, USA