Geoffrey Stein

Exhibition “2021”

Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received a Certificate in painting from the New York Studio School in 2004, and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2007. Stein lives and paints in New York City. He is represented by The Minster Gallery in the UK.


I paint to find out what I think about the world: to discover the things I do not have words for. I savor the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings. I am interested in the tension between abstraction and realism. I do not want to make an academic copy of the model or a photorealistic illustration. My paintings explore the tension between what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.

In another, related sense, these works are portraits of the act of seeing. Brush strokes and discernible features hover, hologram-like, over blocks of color, paint strokes or collage. The paint’s behavior fluctuates between creating and disrupting the face the viewer has been conditioned to seek. Often, faces are missing “parts” – eyes, cheeks, noses. As the faces and figures give way to the marks, collages, and erasures beneath them, the presence of so many layers forms a record of the experience of seeing and describing.


Year: 2009

Materials: oil, graphite, marker on acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 24 x 1 inches


Year: 2012

Materials: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 24 x 18 x 1 inches

Exhibition “2021”

As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.

Elizabeth Riley
Sunny Chapman
Adrienne Moumin