Myron Stephens

artist artwork
Myron Stephens is an artist who appreciates life and the gifts that he has been given. His work reveals this appreciation as an extension of himself, an unfolding of his experiences, and an opportunity to share his enjoyment of life with the viewer. The process of creating each painting is just as important, if not more, than the subject. Stephens finds an inspiration and then plays with each detail until it reaches a gratifying end, usually 180 degrees from its original destination. The inspiration that surrounds Stephens allows him a never-ending template for sharing himself with the viewer. Each journey when starting a new piece, combined with his distinct process, allows for a genre that changes with each step in the creative development and shows a maturity that most artists never reach. His art is intuitive and personal while using universal iconography to display a human desire for expression.

Stephens current series, Balance and Perspective, is a meld of pop-surrealism as portrayed by a realistic figure pulling back a curtain to reveal another semi-realistic character in the fantasy world of Marcie’s Fable (2009) and trompe l’oeil “trick-the-eye” super-realism represented by the illusion of a vintage book cover taped to the chalkboard of Naughty Nancy (2009). The pop, surreal, and trompe l’oeil styles blend cohesively into a work unquestionably created by Stephens, however, the comparison to contemporary pop-surrealists, such as Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia, and Mark Bryan are evident through the allegorical storytelling of Stephens’ paintings. The difference, however, is found in the layering of different realistic elements to create the trompe l’oeil illusion. This visual deception that is trompe l’oeil, is created through the use of iconic imagery, such as vintage photographs, book covers, and everyday items in a way that brings them to life against realistic backdrops. Stephens’ execution of trompe l’oeil techniques involve extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects are three-dimensional, instead of actually being a two-dimensional painting. As a result, Stephens’ paintings have sparked numerous debates between those who maintain that the paper, tape, and chalk writing was real and those who knew it wasn’t.

Stephens art has real appeal; it is simultaneously funny, edgy, and smart. His themes are poignant and thought provoking. Stephens uses humor and universal images to incite the viewer’s sense of nostalgia. The ideas Stephens conveys within each piece are positive messages, learned from his own personal experiences and shared with the viewer through his work.