According to William Shakespeare, "The eyes are the window to your soul." We see things, feel things, and experience things in a variety of ways, forever
making human interaction with one another and the world an incredibly fascinating subject. To some, the work of world-renowned artist
William Stoehr is
simply a series of faces or people, but to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who view his paintings as a brilliant work of art, his work is so much more
than just paint upon a canvas.
To truly experience William Stoehr's work, the viewer must be willing to
succumb to a frontier of emotion and take part in the journey. Upon approach, the mixed media canvases
of ethnically diverse women's faces close-up are arresting, even discomforting, as their gazes pierce the
room and confront the viewer. Each expression captures a single moment, but their eyes tell a story,
engaging the audience in a spectrum of emotional and intellectual responses. What the viewer sees, (fragility,
strength, resentment, resolve, loneliness, confidence, insecurity and perseverance) is often a reflection of
their own personal experience.
The honesty revealed in Stoehr's paintings is conveyed in a collision of contemporary realism and abstract
expressionism. Spontaneous rhythms of bold brushwork, drips and gestural marks fill the canvases edge to
edge, creating a tension that magnifies the energy with which he works. Layered washes of monotone
shades are slashed with intense color. And yet, Stoehr portrays the details of women's facial structure with
expert precision, emphasizing the eyes as the portals to their stories.