Stephen Namara
Paintings and Drawings

January 24 - February 28, 2009

In regards to my work, I am trying to create atmospheres. I am, perhaps, not so much interested in the questions of details but on the way that the light is absorbed or reflected by the surface. I employ the tension of light and shadow to heighten the suggestion of spiritual qualities, much like the Spanish Realists of the seventeenth century. And always I am trying to reflect the present. For the present contains the memory of the past, even though the painting is the result of an extensive span.

Stephen Namara was born in 1953 in Kenya. In 1974 he came to the United States and entered the University of Missouri where he studied Architecture and Engineering. In his third year he decided to become an artist. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA.


Pear in a Bowl, Oil on Wood Panel, 36 x 80"


Exodus, Oil on Canvas, 78 x 84" 2009


Two Pears, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 36"