Castor Gallery is pleased to present Stephen Lack: Works on Paper 1980-1990. This will be the
artists’ first solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring 12 works. The exhibition will be held in the
ground level of the gallery.
Stephen Lack has established himself as a renowned artist who has endured decades of changing
trends in the art world, all the while staying true to his own artistic vision. His paintings, drawings,
and sculptures speak to his unique interpretation of his surroundings.
Lack, originating in Canada, came to New York following his success as the lead actor in David
Cronenbergs’ cult classic “Scanners”. This was during the age of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy
Warhol, drawing inspiration from their own artistic innovation.
Emerging in the 1970’s, Lack aligned with the increased interest in popular media, representing
hyper-dramatic scenes in his artwork. But his range of subject matter is much broader; his body of
work includes serene suburban landscapes, anonymous portraits and many other subjects that
distinguish Lack from his artistic peers. Despite the characteristically pleasant palette, these works
evoke an unsettling feeling in the viewer; the lack of detail in the faces of his portraits eliminates any
trace of identity, an effect that is both mysterious and disturbing. His paintings of suburbia are
similarly disconcerting, for often the scenes are left bare.
Lack is an incredibly accomplished artist, born in Montreal and currently based in upstate New York.
His work has been featured in exhibitions since the 1970’s and he continues to explore new
territory through his work today.
His work is featured in many public and private collections, including those of the Brooklyn
Museum, the New York Public Library, Australian National Gallery, Chase Manhattan Bank, M.T.V.,
Royal Bank of Canada, The New York Stock Exchange, The Ralph Lauren Collection, Warsh
Collection and the Rubell Family Collection. Lack has exhibited throughout the world, including his
home country of Canada, the United States, and Germany, among others. Notable shows include
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Wooster Gardens, The Andy Warhol Museum,
The New Museum, Gracie Mansion & Forum Gallery.