BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT | GEOFFREY STEIN
In fall 2003 I was an exchange student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London where I was one of the few students working from life in the Life Room at the Slade. I had to continually defend my practice of making paintings of people from life. When I got back to the New York Studio School in spring 2004, I was trying to absorb what I had seen at the Slade and use it in my figurative work. Blue Angela was done at the beginning of that term and was a breakthrough for me in that the negative space and the colored ground of the canvas became as important as the marks creating form in the figure. In this painting, I did not “finish” or paint every inch of the canvas, and only made those marks necessary to the image. This opened up an avenue of exploration that continues to this day.