Piece description from the artist
This was done form watching an indie film being made. The film was to be about a washed up boxer with a prosthetic jaw who had become a novelty act. The scene is in an improvised locker room before a club fight. The actor playing the trainer(standing) had actually done some bare knuckle fighting when he first came to the U.S.. I'm going for a pulp noir feel here; keeping the colors minimal and gritty.
With all of the financial, political, environmental and technological crises that are present in the world today, Steve Epstein paints to get beyond his own feelings of complacency towards the status quo. Through painting, Steve tries to bridge the gap between what he has to do, what he thinks, what he feels and what he questions. In doing so, he creates an ongoing conversation between his life as an artist and the world around him.
Epstein studied painting and drawing at Snug Harbor, the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. His paintings have been included in group exhibitions at the "Salmagundi Club":http://www.salmagundi.org, "Westbeth Gallery":http://westbeth.org and "Agora Gallery":http://www.agora-gallery.com. His painting “Silhouette Street“ was included in the "Lurzer Archive’s":http://www.luerzersarchive.net/ 2005 edition of their publication “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide”:http://us.luerzersarchive.net/200best-illustrators-worldwide-09-10.asp?.