About Artist Stephen Posen
One might say that Posen is engaged in a life long sparring with the sovereign power of drawing. Master of the game, Posen uses his technical bravado to set up paradoxical incidents whereby line and paint simultaneously invoke and deny the illusion of space.
A reverent admirer of great artists such as Cezanne, Matisse, Guston and Johns, and a recipient of his own critical acclaim, Posen has nonetheless approached his life's work with a radical independence -- continuously looking inward to invent metaphors and to conjure new languages in service of an artistic and philosophic quest. Studying Posen's brave and original path gives one insight into the scientific elasticity of the creative mind.
Within the work, visual information is layered upon visual information, providing the artist an opportunity to toggle between tangible space, visceral paint and the graphic truth of a line.
Born in St. Louis in 1939, Posen studied painting at Washington University, and then continued on to graduate studies at Yale University, where he was a part of a great confluence of talents including Brice Marden, Richard Serra and Chuck Close. Posen spent two years in Italy on a Fulbright, where in addition to forging his artistic voice, he met his wife and lifelong partner, Susan.