Artist Randall Stoltzfus
In the areas between 23rd Street and 28th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in NYC, there is a treasure trove of galleries that showcase art of all types. Recently, I had the chance to visit one such gallery called “Blank Space” for the opening of an exhibition for Randall Stoltzfus.
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Stoltzfus has come far from his Virginia native roots. He has had his works showcased in places as far away as South Korea and Italy to showings right here in New York City.
I was particularly drawn to this exhibition because I heard about his artwork, and well, I needed to check it out first hand. And boy was it a treat.
The quaint Blank Space gallery had on show 3 of Mr. Stoltzfus’ paintings featuring his concept of pattern repetition utilizing circular marks. According to his press release, “[t]his patterning resonates because it mirrors the physical structures of the eye in several ways. To expand these simple circular brushstrokes, he paints highlights and shadows around some of the circles. This creates a tromp l’oeil texture that can be touched only with the eye.”
I was really amazed by his paintings and was interested to learn about his fascination of using these simple, easily recognizable shapes to create complex, thought provoking pieces of art. Interesting factoid: the painting in the video interview took him about three years to complete!
Take a look at the short interview below to learn more about him and if you have a moment, check out his work at the following galleries:
1. Blank Space Gallery
511 West 25th Street, Suite 204
2. Mikimoto New York
730 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
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