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Art by Steven Epstein – AKA S.I.E.

“That Spot in the Lot” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 18″ x 24″

“That Spot in the Lot” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 18″ x 24″

“On Drums” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel,18″ x 14″, – $300.00

“On Drums” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel,18″ x 14″, – $300.00

“Mingus” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 20″ x 16″ – $275.00

“Mingus” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 20″ x 16″ – $275.00

“Colossus at Work” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 18″ x 24″

“Colossus at Work” – created 2020, mixed media – collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 18″ x 24″

“S. Colossus” – created 2020,  collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 18″ x 24″ – $400.00

“S. Colossus” – created 2020, collage and acrylics on cradled panel, 18″ x 24″ – $400.00

“The Corner of Suits and Dolls” – created 2019, acrylic painting on canvas, 24″ x 30″ – $325.00

“The Corner of Suits and Dolls” – created 2019, acrylic painting on canvas, 24″ x 30″ – $325.00

“X  EFD” created 2018-19, mixed media with acrylics, collage and pastel on canvas, 30″ x 24″ – $325.00

“X EFD” created 2018-19, mixed media with acrylics, collage and pastel on canvas, 30″ x 24″ – $325.00

“Drive by at 50mph”, created 2018-19 , mixed media with acrylic, collage, pastel on panel, 24″ x 36″- $400.00

“Drive by at 50mph”, created 2018-19 , mixed media with acrylic, collage, pastel on panel, 24″ x 36″- $400.00

“After the Rain Walk”, created 2019, mixed media with acrylic and charcoal on panel, 20″ x 16″ – $200.00

“After the Rain Walk”, created 2019, mixed media with acrylic and charcoal on panel, 20″ x 16″ – $200.00

“My Favorite Parking Lot Redux”, created 2018-19, acrylics on wood panel, 18″ x 18″ – $200.00

“My Favorite Parking Lot Redux”, created 2018-19, acrylics on wood panel, 18″ x 18″ – $200.00

“Unspoken” created 2018-2020, acrylics on canvas, 36″ x 24″ – $325.00

“Unspoken” created 2018-2020, acrylics on canvas, 36″ x 24″ – $325.00

“Shopping Experience”, created 2018-20, acrylics on hardboard,	24″ x 18″

“Shopping Experience”, created 2018-20, acrylics on hardboard, 24″ x 18″

“Murder Mystery”, created 2020, acrylics on canvas, 35″ x 26″ – $325.00

“Murder Mystery”, created 2020, acrylics on canvas, 35″ x 26″ – $325.00

” Droplets” , created 2020, acrylics on hardboard, 24″ x 18″

” Droplets” , created 2020, acrylics on hardboard, 24″ x 18″

“Night Shopper”, created 2015, acrylics on hardboard, 30″ x 24″ – $275.00

“Night Shopper”, created 2015, acrylics on hardboard, 30″ x 24″ – $275.00

“Slip By”,created 2018, acrylics on canvas, 24″ x 18″ – $225.00

“Slip By”,created 2018, acrylics on canvas, 24″ x 18″ – $225.00

“Street Night”, created 2020, acrylics on hardboard, 30″ x 24″

“Street Night”, created 2020, acrylics on hardboard, 30″ x 24″

Artist’s Bio and Statement
Steven Epstein – S.I.E.

Contact Steven – sie5952@aol.com

My influences start with Modern Art, that is I mean Impressionism and afterwards, Expressionism, Film Noir and Social Realism.  I particularly appreciate the masters of the horror and absurdity of the 20th century; Picasso and Bacon; the spiritual isolation of Hopper and van Gogh.

I paint what I see feel or imagine, often trying to combine all options.  My motivations are often based on contradictory impulses leading to an indefinite conclusion rather than trying for a vision or ideal which is out of reach.  I like to use heightened impressions of ordinary surroundings and circumstances and try to find atmosphere and mood in the commonplace.  My paintings are places or events that I choose to dwell in for a while.  I often use prints of bad digital photographs as reference points or maps that help me get to those places.  I work mostly in acrylics on canvas, or hardboard when I want to get “physical” with a painting.  Lately I’ve been experimenting

with mixed media adding collage elements and using oil pastels on my acrylic paintings. When I paint Jazz or the Blues are usually playing in the background.

I consider myself a semi-educated artist in that I’ve taken classes at places like the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan but don’t have any degrees in art and try to learn through working. To me painting is often an adventure in a search for meaning, a record of a discourse between what’s going on inside of me and what’s going on outside of me.

I was selected for a solo show at the Monmouth Museum for their 2014 Emerging Artist Series. I’ve been part of dual artist shows at the Hamilton Gallery in 2016(Road Work) and 2019(Midnight Mercury).  While working as an x-ray technician I had

paintings on 7 covers of the trade magazine “Radiologic Technology” after being a winner in their cover contest.

A lot of more recent work was based on impressions from my long drives home from work going North up route 1 in New Jersey.  My pressures and frustrations from

the work day would dissolve into the colors of night as I decompressed.  The neon lights against the dark streets, the penumbra of the traffic lights, the darkened geometries and odd shadows from the artificial light on the strip malls that I passed with their lit up window displays. The reflections on a wet night. I like the feeling of the boundaries dissolving between the real and the abstract. I try to put some of that magic atmosphere, mystery and mood in my paintings.