Kathryn Markel Fine Arts – The Artist’s Shelf

by | May 30, 2021 | Blog post

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Stanley Bielen – The Artist’s Shelf. The exhibition is ongoing through June 19th, 2021. 

The exhibition consists of 13 oil paintings that explore Stanley Bielen’s ongoing ceramic and floral still-life works. The artist’s hand is deeply visible through Bielen’s deft and exacting precision with his brush and palette knife. Each mark of paint is purposeful, revealing Bielen’s economic, but lustrous approach to creating light and depth within each work. These works celebrate the complexity and surprising grandeur of the still-life.

Stanley Bielen’s process starts with gathering floral clippings from his garden and arranging them in his studio. Bielen doesn’t attempt to capture these subjects in a precise photorealistic manner, but rather approaches these classic objects with abstracted, loose strokes. By having an often singular and centered subject, Bielen focuses the viewer deeply into the piece, creating an intimate and reflective space. The thick, painterly marks Bielen lays down, have a juicy and luscious quality resulting in paintings that revel in the nature and potential of paint.

Kathryn Markel discusses new still life paintings by Stanley Bielen from the exhibition “The Artist’s Shelf.”