The paintings in this Urban Alphabet are from photographs taken by the American Artist Stephen Magsig from details of old theater marquees, neon signs and painted signs of local businesses. They are a record of a vanishing landscape. Most are derived from photos of the Detroit vernacular scene. With this alphabet Stephen Magsig examines a bit of Detroit’s past and shows a bit of his own.
I was born in 1946, and studied at Ferris State College, and the College for Creative Studies. As a painter I am really self taught, and have been painting for over 30 years. I have had more than 25 solo shows and numerous group shows. I currently show with the George Billis Gallery in NY and LA. My work is in over twenty corporate and museum collections and in hundreds of private collections. I live and work with my artist wife, Janet Hamrick and our two studio cats, Artie and Bella, in Ferndale, Michigan. We also have been subletting a painting loft in New York City for the last 15 years.
BELLE ISLE PAINTINGS Published April 28, 2011
Postcards from Detroit Vol I softcover 2007 Published December 11, 2009
Postcards from Detroit Vol I Hardcover 2007 Published December 11, 2009
Postcards from Detroit Vol II Softcover 2008 Published December 07, 2009
Postcards from Detroit Vol II Hardcover 2008 Published December 07, 2009