Stephen Maine, ‘P15 - 0712’, 2015, IdeelArt
Stephen Maine, ‘P15 - 0712’, 2015, IdeelArt

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In a process closely akin to relief printmaking, Maine uses textured surfaces to apply fluid acrylic paint indirectly to prepared canvas. He makes these surfaces or “plates,” some of which are quite large, out of common materials such as plywood, extruded foam, plastic and glue.
Integral to the process is the idea that the entire surface is treated with paint at the same moment. For Maine that means compositional phenomena are allowed to occur with minimal interference from his ego.

For this work, Maine is using a gentle palette.

The pale ochre field of dots is a something of a callback to the Halftone Paintings, and the superimposed system of veins is an element he uses infrequently, though Maine loves it. The way it parts in the middle and opens up was a happy accident.

Signature: Verso

From the artist’s studio

About Stephen Maine

American, b. 1958, based in New York, NY, United States

Group Shows

2017