Rick Stevens


My process is a journey of exploration of color, light, texture and the poetics of space. Some of the the work has recognizable subject matter, in some it’s not so apparent, but the process and materials can serve as subject. Generally there is a hide and seek with materials and subject matter. Some of the materials I’m using are traditional oils as well as oil bars, often mixing it with cold wax, gold leaf is usually an element somewhere, sand or gauze may be incased in the wax, and cut out shapes of burlap glued to the canvas with gesso.  Paradoxically the collaged burlap simultaneously shapes jump forward in space (creating a dramatic foreground/background relationship) while simultaneously drawing attention to the surface (which tends to flatten space). I use gold leaf also to add to the dimensionality, in a very suggestive way.