(Image: Rick Stevens, 10-11, pastel, 14 x 14; © Rick Stevens)
Rick Stevens (b. 1958, Grand Rapids, Michigan)
My work may be seen as an open window to other realms. Its visual vocabulary has evolved from years of painting the landscape. Although I no longer consider myself a landscape painter nature continues to be my muse. I think of nature as a continuous flow of shapes and patterns of energy that has, or more precisely is, an intelligent force. Most modern day physicists will tell us that all the forces and particles in nature are one, just different ripples on the ocean of consciousness: a Unified Field.
(Image: Rick Stevens, 1-11 Quiet Opulence, oil on canvas, 40 x 36; © Rick Stevens)
While acknowledging a debt to the abstract expressionists I don’t consider myself ‘of that school’. That movement tended to focus our attention upon the work as a thing in itself, identified with the art-process. While I wish to stay true to the modernist idea of process-oriented art, behind my shapes and colors on the picture surface there is always another realm, another order of meaning, however abstract that meaning may be.
Education: Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 1982. Kendall School of Design, 1979-81.
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