Piece description from the artist
I like to make paintings of people and things that make up our daily, ordinary life. I look for the something special in what we see all around us. This painting is of a man I saw sitting in a small enclosed space passing as a park in a nearby town. It was slightly off the main street, mostly brick with a few trees. People hang out there because it's a place that's not commercial and a place to sit away from the street traffic. He seemed like a regular working stiff, just relaxing, checking his cell phone, enjoying a soda. The cap and sunglasses gave him a street subtext. I liked his sense of gravity and colors he wore against the semi urban background.
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?.