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Stephen Clark's avatar Stephen Clark

"Beltline" began in 2011 when I was still living on Division Ave. in downtown Grand Rapids. I conceived of the imagery the year after graduating with a BFA from Calvin College. As a student at Calvin, I would cross the bridge that spans the E. Beltline regularly and I was always struck by the reflection and shadows that would occur at various times of the day as light poured in the through the windows. This work can be considered a metaphor for the journey of life. The pathway with the strong one-point perspective is a literal depiction of a place that was extremely formative for me, not only as an artist, but as an individual. After moving away from Grand Rapids to complete my graduate studies and earn a MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland this past May, finishing this painting is in many ways both a return to earlier modes of production and subject matter as well as a continuation on the journey that started it all.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: n/a
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 12 ft
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 7.5 ft