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Stephen Metcalf

“Simply put, I believe my work is about the act of painting.”

Born in Chicago, Stephen Metcalf grew up in the Midwest. As a child he practiced drawing and painting and by the time he started art school at the University of Illinois his drafting skills could mimic photographs. Frustrated by the tedious nature and predictability of this process, he decided to reinvent himself as an artist and as a graduate printmaking student at the University of Illinois he produced mixed media paintings and large scale works on paper that were recognized by their inclusion in major exhibitions like Drawings USA 77 at the Minnesota Museum of Art and Works on Paper at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Since receiving his MFA in Art and Design, Stephen has produced hundreds of paintings which are represented in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States, including the Illinois State Museum, The Minnesota Museum of Art, the Kirkwood Center Hotel, the U.S. Military Hospital on Nellis Airbase, and the Cleveland Clinic.

“My paintings, which are non-objective, have influences in the environment. As a painter, my journey is one of discovery through the exploration of ideas, materials, and process. My techniques, which are my own, were not learned or invented in order to paint but were discovered through the act of painting. Each painting is a record of my journey and I invite you to engage in your own personal dialogue with them."

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HE MAY HAVE TO FALL BEFORE HE CAN STAND
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00

HER AROMA LINGERED FOR THE LONGEST TIME
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 45
Price: $900.00

WHAT DID YOU THINK I MEANT
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00


HE'S IN WAY OVER HIS HEAD
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00

SHE INSISTED ON MAKING HIM BLUE
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00

SHE HADN'T NOTICED HE HAD STOPPED ASKING QUESTIONS
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00


THE ROAD WAS LONESOME
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 30 x 22
Price: $650.00

EVEN THE SKY WAS COLD
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00

HE COULDN'T RESIST HER SMILE
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00


THE COLOR OF WINTER
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 15 x 30
Price: $550.00

THIS FEELING LIVES DEEP IN MY HEART
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00

REMEMBERING HOW YOU USED TO BE
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00


THE EASTERN SKY GROWS COLD
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
Price: $650.00

JOIN THE CROWD
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 6 x 8
Price: $100.00

TOO MUCH RED
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 6 x 8
Price: $100.00


SHE'S SURROUNDED BY POSERS
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 11 x 30
Price: $450.00

THE TENSION BETWEEN THEM WAS BEGINNING TO MELT AWAY
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 15
Price: $450.00

I CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT JUST HAPPENED
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 15
Price: $450.00


I GUESS I'LL JUST BEGIN AGAIN
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 22
Price: $555.00

HE COULDN'T CONTROL HIS RAGE
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 22
Price: $555.00

SHE DIDN'T NOTICE HIM NOTICING HER
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 30 x 22
Price: $650.00


I FEEL LIKE I'M FREE AGAIN
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 15
​Price: $450.00

DANCING TILL I'M DIZZY
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 15
​Price: $450.00

HOLDING ON SO TIGHTLY
Media: Oil on paper
Dimensions: 22 x 30
​Price: $650.00


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