Stephanie Deshpande, Exploring the Basement, 2011, oil on linen, 30 x 24.
Stephanie Deshpande: Turning Away
Turning Away is an exhibition that explores individuals confronting moral decisions. Themes in the show range from aspiration and transition to hypocrisy. Each piece depicts self-searching and reflection in moments saturated with deep emotion and inner turmoil. The paintings meld a classical sensibility with modern narratives. By turning away from ideals, we speculate about impending repercussions.—Stephanie Deshpande
About the Artist
Stephanie Deshpande is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey and teaches painting at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Deshpande graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art and has received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, RayMar Art, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. Her paintings have appeared in several issues of Poets Artists Magazine and in the book 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann. In 2014, the New Britain Museum of American Art acquired her painting “Assembling the Pieces” for their Post Contemporary collection. She is represented by Haynes Galleries in the U.S. and by Arundel Contemporary in West Sussex, England.