Stephen Maine

Born in 1958 - United States


Stephen Maine (born 1958) is an American abstract painter, writer, curator and professor. He is a member of the American Abstract Artists and editor for Artcritical.com. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Maine obtained a Bachelors degree in arts at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. He obtained a Masters degree in Visual Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Vermont in 2014. From 2006 to 2016, he taught fine arts at the School of Visual Arts of New York. He currently teaches at the Parsons Design School and at the New York State University.

His paintings awaken and present contemporary ideas about color, composition, surface and process. Color itself, and the material properties of painting as an integrated color, are Maine's main inspiration. His open and intentionally imprecise production methods yield results that can not be accurately predicted. The artist said "This work gave me a concrete way to think about the compositionality, the seriality, the improvisation, the presentation and the psychology of visual perception".

In a process that closely resembles relief engraving, Maine uses textured surfaces to indirectly apply acrylic paint to a prepared canvas.He makes these surfaces or "plates", some of which are quite large, from ordinary materials such as plywood, extruded foam, plastic and glue.
In an article in The Brooklyn Rail, artist and writer Tom McGlynn described Stephen Maine's work as follows:

"Maine has a clear formal control over its palette, due to a long inquiry into the color, translucency and influence of color on the quasi-permanent tectonics of "paint space "...it is key to his practice. The color can directly engage the physiological mechanism of the eye while simultaneously initiating an associative logic chain in the random memory "

Maine's work has been exposed in numerous solo exhibitions in New York, and in group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Mexico. His work is part of permanent collections in several important institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library ...

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2015 Stephen Maine: New Paintings, Hionas Gallery, New York (Sept. 9–Oct. 4)
Stephen Maine: Residue, National Arts Club, New York (Nov. 30–Jan 2, 2016)

2014 Stephen Maine: Halftone Paintings, 490 Atlantic Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (April 5–May 10)
Stephen Maine: Paintings, Melville House, Brooklyn, NY (Sept. 28–Dec. 31)

2002 Stephen Maine: New Paintings, 354 Exhibitions, Brooklyn, NY


2016 Inaugural exhibition, County Gallery, Palm Beach, FL (Nov.)
on on and on, c2c, San Francisco , CA (Oct. 10–Nov. 14)
Chromatic Space, curated by James Lippincott, Fiterman Art Center, BMCC, New York
Visible Histories, curated by Max Weintraub, Morris-Warren Gallery, NY (Jan. 30–March 7)
The Onward of Art, curated by Karen Wilkin, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery (UBS Gallery), New York (Jan. 18–March 25). (catalogue)

2015 Endless, Entire, curated by Rachel Nackman, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY (Nov. 21–Dec. 20)
Diphthong, Fiterman Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY (Sept. 29-Nov. 14)
Stack/File, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn NY (June 13–July 26)

2014 Doppler Shift, curated by Mary Birmingham, Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ (catalogue)
Sensory Impact, Morgan Stanley & Co., Purchase, NY
For Leo: American Abstract Artists Tribute Exhibition, Sideshow, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Physical Property, curated by Kim Uchiyama, Brian Morris Gallery, New York
Doppler, curated by Mel Prest, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)
Dynamic Invention: American Abstract Artists at 75, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
CONstruct/conSTRUCT: The Organizing Principle, Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University,
Worcester, MA

2012 Minus Space en Oaxaca, Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca, Mexico
Beauty Debate: The Detroiter’s First Annual Invitational, Art Effect Gallery, Detroit
American Abstract Artists International; Paris Concret
Textility, curated by Mary Birmingham and Joanne Mattera, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ (catalogue)
Uncovered: Prints from the Kentler Flatfiles, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Flag Day, curated by Joan Goleas, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
Abstraction [to the power of infinity], curated by Janet Kurnatowski, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia
American Abstract Artists International, Deutscher Künstlerbund Projektraum, Berlin
75th Anniversary American Abstract Artist Exhibition, OK Harris Works of Art, New York
Paper A-Z, Sue Scott Gallery, New York
Splendor of Dynamic Structure: Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists, curated by Nancy E. Green, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (catalogue)
Social Photography, Carriage Trade, New York

2010 American Abstract Artists International ‘L’astrazione vista da un cosmopolita,’ Otranto, Italy

2008 Painting’s Edge 2008, Idyllwild Art Center, Idyllwild, CA (traveled to Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA)
American Abstract Artists: Tribute to Esphyr Slobodkina, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2007 Material Matter, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Lineage 7, M3 Gallery, Piermont, NY
Radius, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
Continuum: Small Works by AAA Members, Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ

2006 Design/Build, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY

2004 Gyrations: Selections from the Flatfiles, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2003 The Big Abstract Show, The Painting Center, New York

2002 Print 2002: Contemporary American Printmaking, 354 Exhibitions, Brooklyn, NY
25th Anniversary Benefit Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York

2001 Group Show, 354 Exhibitions, Brooklyn, NY
Works on Paper, 354 Exhibitions, Brooklyn, NY
Buying Time: Nourishing Excellence, Sotheby’s, New York (NYFA)

2000 The Brooklyn Project, Semi-Public Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1997 #2: New Work and Invited Guests, Toil Studio, Brooklyn, NY

1993 Abstraction and Reality, Montgomery Space, Jersey City, NJ

1991 Five Painters, Momenta Art, Philadelphia

1990 New Jersey Painting Today, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
Four By Five, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

1988 The Drawing Show, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston

1987 Two-person show, R C Erpf Gallery, New York

1986 Selections 33, The Drawing Center, New York

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