Opening the Window - A Look Into The Creative Mind of

World-Renowned Artist William Stoehr

By Kaylyn Aznavorian - Reality Serum Magazine 

To be blunt, William Stoehr is a creative genius, and the world appears to agree. His inspiration stems from great artists such as Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Marlene Dumas, Rembrandt, and Leonardo to name a few, and it certainly shows. We asked which of his influences he'd love to meet if it were possible, and to no surprise, it was Picasso. "I would go back a hundred years and meet Picasso. I would like to paint alongside him. I am more interested in how he thought rather than how he painted. I am especially interested in how he perceived reality and how he thought we create visual images in our brain. I think he might have thought about such things."

William Stoehr, at Bill Lowe Gallery, says he paints

“to be part of a larger conversation”

GAIL O'NEILL   ARTS ATLANTA  SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

 

A pair of obsidian eyes stare out from a series of gigantic black strokes that suggest a face against a stark, white backdrop in William Stoehr’s Emma 2. A childlike graphic scrawled on the lower right corner of the 80-inch x 60-inch canvas reads, “Emma I promise to paint your portrait if you promise to go to rehab.”

Emma’s eyes shine, but it’s hard to tell if they’re brimming with tears or are radiant for reasons unknown. Her expression is ephemeral, and you fear that averting your gaze might cut off what little connection you have. But the temptation to look away is equally compelling — because bearing witness to what Stoehr calls “the purity of pain” is never easy.

Who is Emma? Is she in pain, or has she found relief? Is she asking a question or trying to convey an answer? Is the abstract rendering supposed to represent Emma? Or is it a depiction of the viewer?

Efrat Cybulkiewicz - July 1, 2020

The faces he paints reflect the faces of those affected – the victims, witnesses and survivors of intolerance, addictions and violence.  William Stoehr’s paintings are beautifully disturbing. He takes our natural and predisposed attraction to faces and uses this to arouse profound and penetrating emotions within us. Emotions that at times are difficult to engage with but are incredibly important to ourselves as well as the world around us. Stoehr aims to lure far-reaching and always relevant questions and subjects to our surfaces, in order for us as a collective to face them head on and in this turmoil possibly find solutions. His art is astonishing and mesmerizing and remarkably essential. 

Kelly Stone

Speaking with him from his Boulder, Colorado studio, one gets the feeling Stoehr is in his element judging from the excitement with which he speaks about his recent works. This interview finds him midway through his newest series. For many modern artists and explorers alike, this is the dreaded moment of “what do I do next?”, a critical junction between a momentous start full of ideas and fervent work and the gradual waning of drive and longing for the next frontier. Surrounded by canvases many of which are on the verge of the final brush-stroke, Stoehr finds opportunity for new discoveries in the paint already applied and inspiration for the forms not yet realized. 

 

Stoehr’s aptitude in rendering the human figure is astounding. The ability with which he coaxes the form from within the canvas has earned Stoehr accolades from domestic and foreign galleries.

2020

AR [T] MOIRE - feature interview 

 

2019      

NPR - City Lights WABE - interview

ARTS ATL - feature article

Westword - review

 

2018        

Ello – The Creators Network – featured

Artospective – feature interview

Khaleejesque Magazine Kuwait - featured

1 HD Kuwait TV - featured

 

2017        

Boulder Weekly – feature article

Boulder Daily Camera – feature article

Boulder Daily Camera – feature article

 

2016        

Westword - review

 

2015        

NPR Science Friday – interview

Reality Serum Magazine – feature article

Vision and Art - The Biology of Seeing

 

2014        

Milano Art Expo – feature article

Saatchi Art - featured

SciArt in America - review

Denver ArtScape Gallery Directory – cover

Voice of R – International Youth Magazine – feature article

 

 2013        

Boulder Daily Camera/Times-Call, Colorado Daily – feature article

ColectiveArtsInk – podcast -interview

Westword – review

 

2012       

Invisible Museum – feature article

2011        

Westword – review 

 

2010        

Caribbean Art World Magazine – feature article

Boulder Daily Camera – feature article

 

2009        

American Contemporary Art Magazine – feature article

 

2008        

Destination US Virgin Islands Magazine – feature article                     

 

2007        

Art Fusion Magazine – feature article

St John Tradewinds – feature article

Boulder Colorado USA

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