Stephen Namara arrived in San Francisco during the latter half of the 1970s as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, and stayed.
His training as an artist and engineer had great influence on his work. Although his subjects are intrinsically recognisable, they are also chosen for their abstract qualities. A minimalist approach, pure lines and a richness in color makes his works immensely contemplative. Carefully chosen and presented in a setting devoid of clutter, they are given breathing space. They vibrate with stillness, evoking a sensation of peace and serenity. Inviting a narrative and an attachment between viewer and painting.
“I believe my artwork , he confides, "is best appreciated through visual observation rather than any written or verbal description.
In my most recent body of work, I have revisited the self-portrait as a primary theme, not only to evoke a narrative within the viewer's imagination but also as a means of exploring significant social and political issues utilizing the expressive power of painting and drawing."