I’m on an epic journey of love, peace, and art. The train I’ve climbed aboard is perfect for a raconteur like me. I'm one of six children, so I love people and lots of action, plus my Italian and Spanish roots have blessed me with a HUGE group of supporters, around 187 cousins the last count – yeah, right! Every bend, every bump, and every thunderstorm and sunny day-- all have meanings and lessons, and the people with whom I’m so blessed to ride just blow me away "Love is not a pie, it is a recipe the more you make, the more there is, and there is more than enough for everyone, you just need to keep dishing it out!" Over the next two and a half decades we built a business called The Chairman that allowed us to make people happy one seat at a time. So for 28 years, my passion for chairs has continued to grow in the vision of giant figures made of chairs that I saw the first time I walked into a dimly lit warehouse with David Shafer of Shafer Commercial seating. I saw the Soldiers -- and it has stayed with me for all these years. Four years ago Byron Shafer took me back to that warehouse and showed me another colossal room full of chairs and parts that over the last 28 years had collected and he asked if I had any ideas what could be done with over a thousand chairs? It required not a second to say YES, YES, YES -- I want them, I will take them all! Like a gift from God, I was transported back to 1989 and once again my heart soared, and I was young, and I was ready to take on this project that is now come to fruition. The vision I received to build the soldiers was one of peace and protection. The design was to be so large it would give the person standing in front of them the scale of being a small child looking up to a parent. I placed an ad on Craigslist, and many beautiful artists applied to build my vision, but they seemed to be missing a critical part of my imagination and heart for this project. I then met Brian Sartor a Canadian born artist (Oil Painting), but he seemed to have an instant connection, and his understanding of what I wanted him to build for this epic sculpture was crystal clear, and Brian was so excited and to quote him“ And to take on a full time “job” as an artist, was a prayer and a dream come true”. I knew I had met a real brother and he jumped on board my" Chair train". Brian soon quit his job driving a truck for a Cola company and began to work full time on this new vision. I'm a visionary artist, I dream big and build dreams, I find how to fill the negative space some people create, with positive energy and I always include others into the journey. Victory, Believe it! One makes oneself a visionary by a long, immense, and reasoned disordering of the senses. - RIMBAUD(1)
Stephen's ArtPrize Entries
These are Stephen's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Stephen's Past Work
These are images of past work that Stephen has done.