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Gallery Artists:

Hamilton Aguiar
Kevin Barrett
G. Rodo Boulanger
Greg Calibey
Paul Chester
Michele Dangelo
Charles Dwyer
Elisabeth Estivalet
Liz Gribin
Johanna Harmon
Peregrine Heathcote
Ron Hicks

Larry Horowitz
France Jodoin
Sebastian Kruger
Yingzhao Liu
Ramon Lombarte
Tim Merrett
David Morico
Nadee
Paul Oxborough
Virginia Peck
Jessica Pisano
Jean Richardson
Pauline Roche
Marlene Rose
Regina Saura
David Michael Slonim
Randy Stevens
Steven Stroud
Andy Summers
Thom Surman
Jeffrey Terreson
Gideon Tomaschoff

Lynne Windsor
Ronnie Wood

Additional Select Artists:
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Scott Addis
Yoel Benharrouche
Romero Britto
Jim Buckels
Michel Delacroix
Domonique Dorie
Brian Fox
David Gerstein
Jurgen Gorg
Hessam
Ted Jeremenko
Odile Kinart
Willi Kissmer
Hisaku Kobayashi
David Krakov
Joseph Lorusso
Sam Park
Thomas Pradzynski
Charlotte Reine
James Rizzi
Mackenzie Thorpe
Don Wilks

 

Randy Stevens
artwork


b. 1953

Randy Stevens’ pastel and glitter drawings of people are a kind of offbeat, upbeat, modern-day hieroglyphics.  These marvelously rendered and colorful drawings are giddy and fun.  Ms. Stevens’ wry humor and brittle exaggeration of human personality become addictive.  Satires of social interaction, her work mocks the traditional canons of sobriety and issues spontaneous commentary about ourselves and our time.

The drawings are caustic vignettes of familiar and provocative characters in anecdotal situations.  The viewer is drawn to invent his own stories and interrelationships beyond the scene itself.  A cocktail party image exposes the lewd and licentious strain beneath the glittering veneer of champagne and chandeliers.  Ambiguous game show scenes present a frenzied audience, mad with lust for the goods on stage, shouting “#2!, #1!, #3!”, or “The Box!!”  Art openings are attended by characters who are more exciting than the so-called art on the walls.  Beach scenes feature blonde, bikinied bombshells, backyard barbecues are loud with beer-drinking, big-bellied philistines.  Stevens’ work is not powered by malice but by an affectionate glee and an understanding of the element of kitsch inherent in all American life.

The parody is more direct in the artist’s paintings. These large canvases feature only one figure, usually a woman.  A woman who is so marked by clichés that she can, through her make-up, her manner of dress, her surroundings, and her attitude, represent a whole age- a euphoric female icon who masks her anguish.

Stevens paintings are never subtle, but are purposely gaudy, stimulating, and occasionally vulgar.  The paint is thick, the surfaces rich with texture.  A large black canvas called “Bad Girl” depicts a bee-hived bleached blonde in a short, tight, black glitter dress.  Heavy, shiny, black enamel is used for her spikes and giant pocketbook.  She is smoking and sneering through black shades and her saucy stance tells us what she is all about. Painted against a background of tasteless red and gold wallpaper is a cocktail party hostess bursting into the room with a tray of hors d’oeuvres.  Written in gold glitter is the housewife’s announcement:  “HORS D’OEUVRES!”

Although these wacky paintings and drawings may be outwardly humorous, they are acute and probing representations of people.  The absurdities of life and its social and cultural stereotypes are mirrored by this artist’s piquant vision.

Randy Stevens graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1975 and received the Albert H. Whitin Fellowship in her final year.  In 1980, she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship.  In 1976, she began exhibiting in New York at the Kornblee Gallery, where she remained until 1984.  She has also shown extensively in the United States and in Europe. Her work is owned by an eclectic group including Bill Cosby, the Hirschhorn Museum, the Neuberger Museum, and the Hard Rock Cafes in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The artist currently works and lives in New England with her husband and two children.

Education
M.F.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA 2010
B.F.A., Tufts University, 1988
Diploma.  Fifth Year Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1975

Solo Exhibitions
Ocean Cliff Ballroom, Newport, RI, 2010
Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA, 1988
White Oaks Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 1995
Art Beatus, Hong Kong, 1994
Newbury Fine Arts, Martha’s Vineyard.  1994
Newbury Fine Arts, Boston. 1993, 1992, 1989
Stavridis Gallery, Boston, 1985
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Los Angeles, 1984
Galleria del Cavallino, Venice.  Italy, 1983, 1982
Kornblee Gallery, New York, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1978, 1977, 1976
Cutler-Stavridis Gallery, Boston, 1979

Group Exhibitions
Newbury Fine Arts Pop Nouveau, Boston, MA, 2017
Newbury Fine Arts Colorful Expression, Boston, MA, 2016
Newbury Fine Arts Anniversary Exhibit, Boston, MA, 2015
FOLLOW MY INSTRUCTIONS, MFA's Willam Morris Hunt Memorial Library, Boston, MA, 2015
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Desperate Measures, Tufts University Museum, 2010
Memory and Desire, Gallery 1581, Brookline, MA, 2005
Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2004
Soho House, New York, NY 2004
The Forum Corporation, Boston, MA, 1998 
Harvard Club, Boston, MA, 1998
New Trends, Hong Kong, 1994
Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC 1990
Art Expo, New York, 1991, 1990, 1989
Traveling Fellowship Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, 1986, 1980, 1975
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia 1983
Pallazzo della Permanente Milan, 1982
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1982
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1982
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 1981
Roger Ramsey Gallery, Chicago, 1981
Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, 1981
Kornblee Gallery, New York, 1980
Barbara Toll Fine Arts, 1981
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, 1981, 1980
Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA 1977
Georgia State University Museum, Atlanta, GA, 1976
Russell Sage College, Troy, NY, 1975

Awards
New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1992
Graduate Traveling Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1980, 1986
Albert H. Whitin Traveling Fellowship. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1975

Selected Collections
Hirschorn Collections, Washington, D.C.
The Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York
Louis Hornick & Co., Haverstraw, New York
Hard Rock Cafe, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Jenette Kahn, Warner Communications, New York
Bill Cosby, Beverly Hills, California
Adam Baumgold, Baumgold Bros. Diamonds, Inc., New York
Jeffrey Lederer, New York
Christine Van, Modern Age Studios, New York
Hamersley’s Bistro, Boston, MA
Michael Steinberg, New York, NY
Pearls Boutique Hotels, Newport, RI
Sheraton Hotel, Hong Kong
Julian Schnabel, New York, NY

Corporate Commissions
Sheraton Hotel, Hong Kong
Hard Rock Cafes, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA

Illustration Clients 
Vanity Fair
Harvard Business Review
Boston Globe
Entertainment Weekly
Four Seasons Hotel

Publishers
Graphique de France, Woburn, MA – Noisiel, France
Newbury Fine Arts Limited Editions, Boston, MA
Grand Image Ltd., Seattle, WA



 
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