|Painting from a framework of polarized points of reference, Texas artist Stephen Starr’s aesthetic vision falls within the realms of chaos and desire. From this context of reflective and impulsive exploration, the work embraces the ego (and alter-ego) by avoiding comment or reflection on society at large. The artist’s creative impulses move him instead toward an intimate, inward need to know, to produce.
With the textural surface and atmospheric depth of the work, Starr works to invoke the sensuality of the emotion into an environment of the known and, perhaps, a bit of the unknown as well. The aesthetic and emotive qualities he depicts in his paintings, the atmosphere, if you will, relate to the familiarity of the unseen. The unknown places explored in the work become, in a sense, mindscapes that lack any discernible imagery but rather emphasize illusory qualities that merely reference the tangible. The completed work reflects the tangible path of the artist’s process, his exploration, and his objectified thought. Thus, the subject of Starr¹s work may be found in the painterly process which serves as a vehicle for unfolding the path of his artistry and psyche.