Stephen Westfall: Interview

Stephen Westfall, Reclining Harlequin, 2015, oil and alkyd on canvas, 48 x 66 in
Stephen Westfall, Reclining Harlequin, 2015, oil and alkyd on canvas, 48 x 66 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein interviews painter Stephen Westfall.

Westfall comments: "The broken harlequin grid paintings have an element that is a new development inside this developing language of my painting, which I am looking forward to pursuing. Though right now I am kind of locked in to this sense of torqued space. That’s the space that is straight edged in some sort of way but tilting or careening ever so slightly off the frame. Implying a continuing plane that goes much larger than the frame... I have never been able to live with straight balance, straight symmetry... What I found was that if I broke the grid and twisted the interstices, and left open spaces in the grid I could get movement in it."