THE ART CURATOR'S PROFILE OF WILLIAM STEWART
William Stewart's expressionist oil paintings are reminiscent of the energetic brush work of Matisse. Nature is his inspiration for the emotionally charged work he is so well known for. His canvases are a direct response to his choices of extraordinary colors: ultramarine, manganese, cerulean, indigo blues, and the cadmium oranges and reds that are so prevalent in New Mexico. The incredible light of Northern New Mexico, seen almost no place else on earth, continues to stimulate and influence this brilliant painter. Prior to settling in Taos, New Mexico in 1983, William Stewart lived mostly in New York City. During that time he had a number of solo exhibitions including his one man shows at the OK Harris Gallery in Soho and the Rudolph Zwirner Gallery in Cologne, Germany. During that time he traveled and lived for extended periods in Oaxaca and San Miguel De Allende, Mexico where the colors and spirits of our great Southern neighbor influenced him greatly. Most recently, The Prince Street Gallery in NYC presented a solo exhibition for William Stewart. He teaches painting and drawing at the University of New Mexico's Taos campus, and his work in Santa Fe is exclusively shown at La Posada.
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WILLIAM STEWART REMEMBERS: I received my Bachelors of Fine Art and my Masters of Fine Art at the University of Texas, and I have spent my life painting which is my response to what I see. To me, being an artist means I am Free!