Stephen Lack - Works on paper 1980-1990
Castor Gallery is pleased to present Stephen Lack: Works on Paper 1980-1990. This will be the artists' first solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring 14 works. The exhibition will be held in the ground level of the gallery.
Stephen Lack (b.1946) has established himself as a renowned artist who has endured decades of changing trends in the art world, all the while staying true to his own artistic vision. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures speak to his unique interpretation of his surroundings.
Lack, originally from Canada, came to New York following his success as the lead actor in David Cronenbergs' cult classic "Scanners". This was during the age of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, drawing inspiration from their own artistic innovation. He was intrinsic to their social circles, even living with Basquiat for a time.
It was during this time that became the inspiration for this body of work. Emerging in the 1970's, Lack aligned with the increased interest in popular media, representing hyper-dramatic scenes in his artwork. But his range of subject matter is much broader; his body of work includes serene suburban landscapes, anonymous portraits and many other subjects that distinguish Lack from his artistic peers.
Despite the characteristically pleasant palette, these works evoke an unsettling feeling in the viewer; the lack of detail in the faces of his portraits eliminates any trace of identity, an effect that is both mysterious and disturbing. His paintings of suburbia are similarly disconcerting, for often the scenes are left bare.
Lack is an incredibly accomplished artist, born in Montreal and currently based in upstate New York. His work has been featured in exhibitions since the 1970's and he continues to explore new territory through his work today.
His work is featured in many public and private collections, including those of the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, Australian National Gallery, Chase Manhattan Bank, M.T.V., Royal Bank of Canada, The New York Stock Exchange, The Ralph Lauren Collection, Warsh Collection and the Rubell Family Collection. Lack has exhibited throughout the world, including Canada, the United States, and Germany, among others. Notable shows include Indianapolis Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Wooster Gardens, The Andy Warhol Museum, The New Museum, Gracie Mansion & Forum Gallery