STEPHANIE SHANK | 6 Images

Based in Arizona, artist Stephanie Shank is an abstract expressionist painter who was inspired by her mother, an oil painter. While her mother studied with Max Beckman and Philip Guston, she observed the sessions and became fascinated with painting.

With great passion in her heart, Stephanie strives to make her paintings very accessible on a “purely aesthetic level.” She believes that “through the language of color, non-referential mark-making, and gestural paint handling” she is able to represent an emotional experience. Noting the balance between lightness and darkness, agitation and bliss, Stephanie states that “There is always some evidence of what came before, always uncertainty and inevitable change. In essence, the paintings are constructed as organically and irrationally as life itself.”

She believes that her vision “ranges from the literal to the conceptual, from abstract landscape paintings to figurative expressionism. I typically don't represent any of the elements of nature faithfully. The images are meant to touch the subconscious mind of the viewer, evoking a primal feeling and capturing a universal visual language. By painting with a spontaneous, gestural expression, my work informs a dynamic impression of raw emotion and the power of now.”

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