Stephen Polatch

Stephen Polatch dissolves the complex hierarchy of the natural, architectural, and human, all set within the urban milieu of Glasgow. His diminutive egg-tempera paintings operate on contrasting registers, mixing his pigments on the canvas’ surface to yield tender depictions of the micro and mundane, yet via compositions that offer unsettled and disorienting vantage points or surreal twists. Polatch combines a wide range of historical references—from the lyricism and symbolic imagery of medieval illuminated manuscripts to the repetitive mechanics of Futurism—within his interconnected systems, allowing him to continue discovering something new within views of the familiar.


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