Friday, June 1, 2012

Stephen Coyle



Stephen Coyle, 96 People, alkyd on linen, 49" x 55"
Stephen Coyle, 96 People, alkyd on linen


Stephen Coyle, 696 Detroit, alkyd on linen, 36" x 36"
Stephen Coyle, 696 Detroit, alkyd on linen


Stephen Coyle, Barb and Frank Loved the Water, alkyd on linen, 21.5 x 61.5" framed
Stephen Coyle, Barb and Frank Loved the Water, alkyd on linen


Stephen Coyle, To Let, alkyd on panel, 24" x 24"
Stephen Coyle, To Let, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Beach ball, alkyd on linen, 18" x 24"
Stephen Coyle, Beach ball, alkyd on linen

Stephen Coyle, Pedestrians, alkyd on linen, 49" x 49"
Stephen Coyle, Pedestrians, alkyd on linen

Stephen Coyle, Night Swim, alkyd on linen, 58" x 72"
Stephen Coyle, Night Swim, alkyd on linen

Stephen Coyle, Mary's Red Shoes, alkyd on panel, 30" x 30"
Stephen Coyle, Mary's Red Shoes, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Red Shutters, alkyd on panel, 12" x 36"
Stephen Coyle, Red Shutters, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Striped Beach Chair, alkyd on linen, 40" x 48"
Stephen Coyle, Striped Beach Chair, alkyd on linen

Stephen Coyle, You Break 'Em We Fix Em, alkyd on panel, 16" x 20"
Stephen Coyle, You Break 'Em We Fix 'Em, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Wet, alkyd on linen, 12" x 16"
Stephen Coyle, Wet, alkyd on linen

Stephen Coyle, Target, alkyd on panel, 14" x 11"
Stephen Coyle, Target, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Ralph never ventured out, alkyd on panel, 30" x 30"
Stephen Coyle, Ralph never ventured out, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Gonna Sit in the Sun 'Til My Skin Turns Borwn, alkyd on panel, 36" x 48"
Stephen Coyle, Gonna Sit in the Sun 'Til My Skin Turns Brown, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Haze, alkyd on panel, 12" x 36"
Stephen Coyle, Haze, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Weed pullers wagon, alkyd on linen, 48" x 52"
Stephen Coyle, Weed pullers wagon, alkyd on linen

Stephen Coyle, Every Thursday She Went to the Beach and Thought About Frank, alkyd on panel, 18" x 20"
Stephen Coyle, Every Thursday She Went to the Beach and Thought About Frank, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, Car Wash, alkyd on panel, 16" x 16"
Stephen Coyle, Car Wash, alkyd on panel

Stephen Coyle, It's a Wild and Wacky World, alkyd on linen, 45" x 53" framed
Stephen Coyle, It's a Wild and Wacky World, alkyd on linen

Stephen Coyle, $4.35 a Gallon, alkyd on panel, 24" x 36"
Stephen Coyle, $4.35 a Gallon, alkyd on panel


Stephen Coyle studied at Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles and has shown extensively both in California and New England since the early 1980s. His award winning paintings in alkyds are unique in their personal vision of the ordinary. The focus of his paintings are the objects that surround him every day: beds, road ways, kitchen tables, cars, tricylces, ironing boards. His paintings give every day objects a place of importance and an historical significance.

What also makes his paintings unique is the technique he uses and the feeling that he captures. He claims,"I try not to have any specific technique, and I let the subject determine how I'll paint it. I use rollers, large brushes, trowels, nails or sand paper; whatever is needed to capture the essence of the image. To me, a painting is complete when it evokes an emotional response; when something about it is more real, more 'alive' than the actual object."

About his recent Beach series, Stephen has said: "For me, going to the beach is like going to the zoo. The way we observe animals at the zoo is akin to the way we observe one another at the beach. I want these paintings to be a summation of humanity through our poses, clothing and gestures. The spacing between each figure and each group of figures is important. The amount of distance we leave between one another echoes the spaces we create in our language both physical and verbal. Along with the space between the figures is the space between the viewer and the painting. The distance between the painting and the viewer is similar to the distance between an animal’s habitat and our observation point. These paintings are an examination of humanity as we walk, crawl, run, crouch, and lie upon the earth."



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13 comments:

sporkgasm said...

So weird. I drive the stretch of freeway in that last one on the way to Dillon's Beach several times a year. So therefore I like that one.

Dancing Branflake said...

I want to go to the beach with him.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Such strong pictures - the Night Swim and the red house really speak to me.

besswess said...

Thank you for sharing. I love his work!

Shelley said...

gah! I liked/ semi-dated a guy with that same name. That creeped me the fuck out! He was not a good guy, and definitely not talented like this guy though :)

Trixie said...

Really neat looking! I like the road ones the best and the kid in the pool

tulpen said...

Love this stuff. Especially the beaches.

Jen said...

LOVE-You have the best eye. :) Happy Friday!!

anita said...

So great! That red house is awesome!

georgia ~ gi gi said...

Happy Friday Drollgirl!

I love all the beach pics! Love the one of the lady adjusting her swimsuit!

And yes, I think he is right on very comparable to the zoo, he he!

NellieVaughn said...

When I was a child, I would look at paintings and pretend to live in them. It was, somehow, better than reality.

fabulousjunk said...

Man, you always have the cutest shit. Oh I re-watched the bowie movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth", and I actually fell asleep, but was awoke by my boyfriend who had paused the movie and shook me awake to see David Bowie's penis in still frame. Awesome :)

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Kitty Stampede said...

it's both smudgy and clean...love it. the beach ones are killing me too. i miss OCEAN!!!!!