william "STAMOSPHERE" stamos
Harrisburg Area Community College, 1974, AA
No one creates in a vacuum. There are influences, histories, connections, references, and links from all things past to all things present...
I have been fascinated and seduced by the infinite possibilities of visual art as far back as I can remember. As a child attending the Greek Orthodox Church, I was exposed to strange and mysterious icon paintings, sculpture, and stained glass windows, seen through the haze of burning incense. I was equally entranced by an "art appreciation" program in elementary school, which introduced me to the works of El Greco, van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others.
Through the years, my deep interest in art making and art history has grown. Additional interests in science, philosophy, spirituality and mysticism give my work much of it's context and meaning...
Whether making paintings, drawings, or videos, my process of working is intuitive and trance-like; I will often "lose" myself and "find" myself at the same time. My belief is that art has the potential to transform both the artist and the viewer, through a "transcendental alchemy", towards a heightened awareness of the universe and our place in it - a "cosmic connection" which gives our lives added depth and meaning.