Award-Winning American Artist Gains Acceptance in European Art World

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American Artist, Myron Stephens, is currently showing his work at the MIVA Gallery in Malmo, Sweden. Stephens is participating in a showing of international artists the gallery is currently in collaboration with.

American Artist, Myron Stephens, is currently showing his work at the MIVA Gallery in Malmo, Sweden. Stephens is participating in a showing of international artists the gallery is currently in collaboration with.

Stephens' paintings fit well in the international art scene, as his work is a cutting edge meld of pop-surrealism and trompe l'oeil "trick-the-eye" super-realism. The pop, surreal, and trompe l'oeil styles blend cohesively into a work unquestionably created by Stephens.

This visual deception that is trompe l'oeil, is created through the use of iconic American imagery, such as vintage photographs, book covers, and everyday items in a way that brings them to life against realistic backdrops. Adult themes in Stephens' paintings, against these everyday backdrops with messages scribbled in double entendre contrast mature subject matter with playful elements.

"Being able to laugh and have fun with the themes of my work during the painting process is new, and I didn't even think it was possible. Painting now would change from a soap opera of dreamscapes and emotions to a medium for dialogue and questions. I feel this new body of work will allow for continual growth because I am never certain where the work will take me. In contrast, previous series seemed more like a methodical journey, where the destination was always in sight," says Stephens about his current series.

Stephens' art has real appeal; it is simultaneously funny, edgy, and smart. His themes are poignant and thought provoking. Stephens uses humor and universal images to incite the viewer's sense of nostalgia. The ideas Stephens conveys within each piece are positive messages, learned from his own personal experiences and share with the viewer through his work.

Likewise, Stephens' incredible ability to mix different art movements has made him a standout with contemporary painters. Stephens is advancing what is current today in a way that no one else is doing.

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