Ten Questions with Stephanie Frostad

Tabula Rasa, 2019. Graphite & oil on canvas panel, 14x11". I'm excited to participate in another public conversation with Radius Gallery owner, Lisa Simon. Wednesday, May 8th, 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!

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Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow

Reservoir, 2019. Graphite & oil on wood panel, 36x24". Radius Gallery in Missoula, 19 April - 25 May. New work, with ceramic artist Julia Galloway. Reception: Friday April 19, 6-8:00 pm.

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The Evocative Moment

Ravine, 1998. Oil on canvas, 24x25.5". 28 February - 15 June 2019. Montana Museum of Art & Culture. An exhibition of work spanning 25 years. Reception: Thursday, 28 February, 5-7 pm. Gallery Talk: Thursday, April 4th, 5:15 pm.

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Artist's Statement

As a narrative painter my objective is to present the essential elements of a story: a character or two, a sense of place and time, a moment of connection, tension or reflection. I seek figures, symbols and scenarios that are both personally compelling and socially relevant. With careful measures of clarity and ambiguity, I hope to create imaginative space for viewers to bring their own perspectives and experiences into the tale. One of my supreme joys is hearing stories that arise in response to the paintings.

Thematically I am concerned with traditions, stereotypes and myths that shape identity as well as relationships to home and family, to work, community and place. I explore these with equal interest in the actual and the metaphorical, striving always to combine convincing naturalism with provocative symbolism.

Red Flag, 2015. Graphite & oil on wood panel, 18x24". Sold
Red Flag, 2015. Graphite & oil on wood panel, 18x24". Sold
A Consultation, 2010. Oil on canvas, 16x20". Sold
A Consultation, 2010. Oil on canvas, 16x20". Sold