Stephen Maine, ‘P15 - 1130’, 2015, IdeelArt
Stephen Maine, ‘P15 - 1130’, 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.

When two different hues of equal value (light/dark) and intensity (saturation) are placed side-by-side, a scintillating optical buzz often occurs.

This painting is propelled by that particular phenomenon; the players are a tint of ultramarine blue and a glaze of burnt orange, which are near-complementary colors.

Signature: Verso

From the artist’s studio

About Stephen Maine

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

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