The Next Chapter: Work by Five Chautauqua School of Art Alumni

I have several paintings in this group exhibit at Chautauqua Instutution’s Strohl Art Center. I spent two formative summers at the School of Art at Chautauqua, one studying with Stanley Lewis and a then a second as an employee. The place and the amazing teachers and peers I met while there made those two summers high points in my journey to becoming a professional artist. It is an honor to be included in this exhibition.

June 26 – August 22

Reception: Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00pm

Strohl Art Center
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY 14722

The painting Seagate on view at Chautauqua's Stroll Center
The painting Seagate on view at Chautauqua’s Strohl Center

From the VACI website:

VACI has been the starting point for hundreds of now established artists. Generally we meet them for one brief summer as they start out, but what happens next? This exhibition of works by five alumni from the Chautauqua School of Art, who have gone on to successful careers as artists begins to answer that question.

Sightline Time-lapse Animation

Five months of hand-painted circles on an eight foot canvas are compressed into these two minutes. I made this video as a diy instant replay for myself, hoping to learn something that will make me a better painter. The resulting clip is fascinating for several dramatic changes to the painting and the many layers of paint it reveals.

Here is a link to Photographs of the finished piece installed and more about the painting.

Music is a Library of Congress field recording:
Title: Devil’s dream
Contributor Names:
Mann, Thomas (performing on hammered dulcimer)
Cowell, Sidney Robertson (collector)
Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
Created / Published: 1937.


Solo Exhibit: Clearing

April 21 – June 10, 2016 — Extended through June 15th, 2016
Reception: Thursday, April 21st, 6 – 8 pm

30 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014

Tel. 212-924-2025

"Corona" by Randall Stoltzfus, 2016, Acrylic dispersion with gold leaf on recycle polymer canvas, 48 by 60 inches
“Corona”, 2016. Acrylic dispersion with gold leaf on recycle polymer canvas, 48 by 60 inches

View selected paintings in this exhibit: #clearing

From the press release:

Drawing on the natural world, his Mennonite upbringing, and paint itself as sources of inspiration, Stoltzfus employs an expanded palette of textures and pigments to enrich the physical presence and felt experience of each painting. The accumulation of his signature circular mark-making results in an organic structure and flowing patterns, evoking ethereal atmosphere. Layers of simple shapes and gentle movement imbue the paintings with an inner intensity.

In Sightline, from its brilliant orange and yellow tones to its deep shades of blue and black, a dynamic interplay of colors creates spatial and figural illusions. In Corona, discrete yet gestural accentuation in gold leaf suggests the infinite and sublime. These paintings are at once expressive and restrained, intricate and simple. Oscillating between representation and abstraction, Stoltzfus’ work generates light that is at once natural and preternatural.

Going in Circles

His meditative, repetitive circular patterns are hand painted in oils, adding layers of gold leaf and other materials until the surfaces evolve their own unique texture and depth.

Stoltzfus was brought up in the Mennonite community and he spent time as artist in residence at an insane asylum in Italy. Perhaps these experiences influenced his work, which to me feels contemplative, peaceful and nature-based.

— Sarah A. Spitz, Santa Monica Daily Press