“Prime Directive” by Stuart Lehrman

My practice involves the dialogue between order and chaos, art-making process is kinesthetic in nature. The process is a constant experiment with the physical properties of paint (color, texture, sheen), moving between addition and subtraction-making and unmaking. All working to a place where I lose control of the painting, and then struggling back to achieve the right balance between wild spontaneity and emotional restraint. This is a struggle that I have to revisit with every painting and is the challenge that drives me on to the next work.

My work is inspired from the natural and manmade phenomena I observe in the world around me. The historical context of my work is that of Abstract Expressionism, Post-painterly Abstraction, Color Field painting & Minimalism.

size 40.25″ x 59.5″ x 2″
medium Acrylic Enamel and Oil Paint on 2 Wooden Panels
Price $4,800.00


Stuart Lehrman has described his art-making process as kinesthetic in nature. There is a constant balancing between “addition and subtraction, making and unmaking.” He enjoys toeing the line between order and chaos, always experimenting with paint as a medium and finding new ways to manipulate texture, pigment, form, shape and space. The elements of texture and color are brought to life in his paintings. There are expressions of both chaos and tranquility found in Lehrman’s work. This control—and its lack thereof—is an essential component of what makes Lehrman’s work so memorable and worth viewing in person. His process involves a great deal of unlearning as well as relearning the universal language of natural and manmade phenomena he observes in the world around him and the historical context of my work is that of Abstract Expressionism, Postpainterly Abstraction, and Minimalism and Color Field painting.
— Michael Cagno Executive Director – The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University

Stuart Lehrman began his career on the West Coast where he showed his work at galleries in San Francisco,Portland, Los Angeles and Dallas. His early work focused on richly colored ceramics, painted wooden and found object sculptures (Archived Early Works). He relocated to upstate New York in the 1990s and worked as art director for the New York State Health Department. Eight years ago, he moved to Philadelphia where he teaches design courses at the Jefferson University. His work is included public collection and has recently exhibition:

‘The TRANSFORMATIONS Exhibition’, Pennsylvania Center for Photography, Philadelphia, PA

Stockton University Museum, Atlantic City, NJ
Cosmopolitan Club Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
‘Art and Earth Exhibition’, Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, WV
Curator – Jay Pastore, Curator Roberto Clemente Museum, in Pittsburgh, PA
‘Compatible Contrast’, SALUS University, Elkins Park, PA
‘Monochrome’, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

‘2018 SOHO Photo Gallery National Competition, SOHO Photo Gallery, New York City, NY
’46th International Art Exhibition’, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, TX
‘PHOTO 36 AWARD EXHIBITION, Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood, NJ

‘Camera USA® 2017: National Photography Exhibition and Award’, The von Liebig Art Center – Naples, FL
Curator – Robin O’Dell, Curator of Photographic Collections, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
‘Fresh Hues’, Media Arts Council & Gallery, Media, PA
Curator – Alice Beamesderfer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
‘Annual Open Media Juried Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Curator – Robert Blackson Director of Exhibitions, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA
‘Photography 36’, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Curator – Sarah Stolfa – Executive & Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, PA
‘F r a g mented’, ArtSceneToday, Queens, NY
‘Contemporary Abstraction’, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO





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