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William Stoehr

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William Stoehr is a contemporary artist based in Colorado, USA. He believes the essence of art is the exploration of the fundamental issues of our time. He explores intolerance, discrimination, addiction, and violence with their victims, witnesses and survivors.

His large portraits start with an ambiguous expression, shared gaze and uncertain context calculated to provoke you into creating the narrative. He suggests certain features and realistically detail others. He uses a limited palette of acrylic paint along with metallic and iridescent colours that produce changing patterns with changes in lighting and view angle.

Working freely, he drips, brushes, pours, scrubs and scrapes paint while applying a variety of lines, dots and other adjustments. He often paints multi-views or facial features slightly out of alignment. He also frequently paints vaguely different expressions for each side of the face. These variations might make the images appear more real as time, half-remembered memories, and prior experiences affect the viewer's perception.

Stoehr commented on his practice as follows:

"What is the larger conversation; the wider dialogue that I want to be part of? How can I affect and activate viewers? For me, this painted dialogue is one of the characteristics that define a successful work of art. Many of my followers are from war-torn areas like Syria and Iraq. They write to me. One day a woman from a Syrian refugee camp wrote to tell me that she knew I understood her and that she wanted to die. The next morning, she looked at the same painting and saw hope in the woman’s eyes. She said she knew then that she too could have hope. She told me that I saved her life. This is why I paint."

Biography
In 1964, when he was 16 years old, William thought he wanted to be an artist. Willem de Kooning was his art hero. Yet, he became an engineer instead. 40 years later in 2004, he retired from his latest job and became a self-taught, full-time artist at the age of 56.

Today his work is exhibited at universities, art centres, museums, and galleries. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer and his work has been featured and reviewed in local, national and international media.

Prior to becoming a full-time artist, he was the President of the National Geographic Maps - responsible for the National Geographic Society's worldwide mapping operations.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2017
Boulder Creative Collective, “Victims, Witnesses and Survivors”, Boulder, CO

2016
Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013
Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO

2011
Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2010
Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2008
Gallery St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Gallery Porto 34, St. Barth FWI

2007
Gallery St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Exhibitrek – The Gallery, Boulder CO

2006
Exhibitrek – The Gallery, Boulder CO

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

2005
Gallery St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

2004
Gallery St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Neo Art Gallery, Denver, CO

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Den Gallery, Vigour, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Monmouth University Center for the Arts, Artivism, West Long Branch NJ

Concordia University, Ann Arbor MI

Arts Longmont, Drawn to the Figure, Longmont CO (awarded 1st place)

Colors of Humanity, “Red”, International exhibition (awarded Best in Show)

2017
Den Gallery, “Release”, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Space Gallery, Best of 2017, Denver CO

Dairy Arts Center, Two-person collaboration – A New Perspective, Boulder CO

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, “Art and Conflict”, Arvada CO

Seven-State Biennial, Univ of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Goddard Center, Museum of the Red River, (awarded 1st Place)

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, juried by Alison Hokanson – Metropolitan Museum of Art (awarded Special Recognition)

2016
Art Gym, Political BS, Denver CO

Windows to the Divine, Exhibition 2016, Denver CO

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Color”, juried by Lillian Tone – MOMA

Bill Lowe Gallery, Carnaval: A New Exuberance”, Atlanta GA

Art Gym, Selfies, Denver, CO

The Great Frame Up, Longmont CO

Space Gallery, Best of 2016, Denver CO

History of Visual Arts in Boulder, Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, Boulder CO

2015
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, juried by Christiane Paul of the Whitney Museum of

American Art (awarded a Best in Show)

Habitat Gallery, Best of Denver Santa Fe Art District.

Governors Art Show, Loveland Museum. Loveland, CO

Art Students League of Denver, juried by Christoph Heinrich – Denver Art Museum

Bill Lowe Gallery, “Ancestors: Origins and Return”, Atlanta GA

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

2014
Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

Governors Art Show, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

New York Hall of Science, Science Inspires Art

Seven State Biennial, Goddard Art Center, juried by Mark White – Fred Jones Museum-University of Oklahoma

Knoll Gallery, Best of Denver Santa Fe Art District

Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013
Stephen F. Austin State University, juried by Peter Selz past MOMA and UC Berkeley Museum (awarded 3rd Place)

Knoll Gallery, Best of Denver Santa Fe Art District (awarded Best of Show)

Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, juried by George T.M. Shackelford – Kimbell Art Museum

San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA, juried by Rene de Guzman – Oakland Museum of California

Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ – Studio Montclair, juried by Helaine Posner – Neuberger Museum of Art

Arvada Center, “Art of the State”, juried by Collin Parson – Arvada Center and Dean Sobel – Clyfford Still Museum

2012
Barrett Art Center, “New Directions”, juried by Susan Cross – Mass MoCA (awarded 2nd Place)

b.j.spoke gallery, “Expo 31”, juried by Margot Norton – New Museum

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

University of Texas, Tyler, TX Annual International Exhibition

2011
Nassau Community College, juried by Samantha Rippner – Metropolitan Museum of Art (awarded Merit Award)

The Visual Art Center of New Jersey, juried by Joan Young – Solomon Guggenheim Museum

The Museum of the Living Artist, juried by Roxana Velasquez – San Diego Museum of Art

Lana Santorelli Gallery, Chelsea NYC, NY

Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, Boulder CO

2010
Santa Cruz Art League, juried by George Rivera – Triton Museum of Art

Denver International Airport – Denver Council for the Arts

Colorado State Capital – Denver Council for the Arts

Denver Botanic Gardens – Contemporary Response to Henry Moore

Metropolitan State University Center For Visual Art, Denver, CO

Denver International Airport – 33 Ideas

Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL, juried by G, Hertzlieb – Bauer Museum of Art (awarded 2nd place)

Lana Santorelli Gallery, Chelsea NYC, NY

2009
Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, Boulder, CO

2007
Art Expo, New York, NY

2006
Safety Zone International Exhibition, Virgin Islands

2005
Safety Zone International Exhibition, Virgin Islands

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, New York, NY

Beau Art Festival, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables FL

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