• Inventive, humorous, mysterious, funky, and fanciful are a few of the many colorful adjectives used to describe Stewart’s work. As critics have long noted, his totemic (usually black and white) figures, recall archaeological and mythological associations with primitive cultures. At same time, these moody works reflect contemporary trends in art, as well as current social/cultural interests in body decoration, whether piercing, tattooing or scarification. If these ‘primitive’ works seem to emerge from a darkened cavern within the artist’s imagination, other images evoke cartoon-like landscapes – utilizing brilliant color, expressive forms, and whimsical characters that would feel at home in the circuses and ‘fun-zones’ of our youth, or with The Beatles in The Yellow Submarine, characterize this playful work.

    Stewart’s sculpture draws from both popular and primitive cultures. They also reflect the artist’s immersion in some of the most interesting, if lesser known, art historical movements of the twentieth-century. The brilliant palettes and expressive, distorted forms of Karel Appel and the CoBrA group come to mind. And, certainly, they share a common interest in folk art, children’s art and primitive art. Closer to home, is the so-called Bay Area ‘Funk Art’ movement of the 1960s’ humorous, pop-oriented, and irreverent in spirit.

    Grant Holcomb, Director
    Memorial Art Gallery/University of Rochester


Pop Primitivism by Rebecca Rafferty / CITY Newspaper Where do we end, and where does the world begin? What divides the past, present, and future, and what are the means by which we may access one position from another? Do such lines truly exist, or are they perceived for the sake of making some sense … Continue reading

AXOM Gallery Show Opens January 18th, 2014

New work will be showcased in a one-person show at AXOM Gallery located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. The Artist’s Reception will be Saturday, January 18th from 5:00 – 8:00pm. The AXOM Gallery is located at 176 Anderson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Rochester NY 14607 Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12:00 – 5:00pm.

Clay Wrapping at Artpark in Lewiston, New York

I will be at Artpark in Lewiston, New York (part of Artpark’s 40th Anniversary Alumni Artist Celebration) with my son Greg to recreate a performance piece I did in 1975. There are 3 upcoming dates in July – join us from 1:00-4:00pm on July 6, 14, and 20, 2013. From the Artpark website describing the … Continue reading

AXOM Gallery in Rochester, New York

I am presently represented in Rochester, NY by the AXOM Gallery. The AXOM Gallery is located at 176 Anderson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Rochester, NY 14607. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, Noon-5:00pm. Contact the gallery by phone at (585) 232-6030 ext.23. About the gallery: AXOM Gallery and Exhibition Space opened its doors in March of 2012 in … Continue reading

Indigo Gallery in Buffalo, New York

I am presently represented by the Indigo Gallery located at 74 Allen St. Buffalo, NY.  Phone: 716-984-9572. The owner is Elisabeth Samuels. Check the gallery out. Approximately a year and half ago I had a show at the gallery. The show was reviewed by Nancy Weekly, Curator at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo: “In cultures all over … Continue reading

echo Art Fair, July 7-8, 2012

Currently working on pieces I will be exhibiting at the echo Art Fair in Buffalo, NY on July 7 & 8. The Art Fair will be held at The Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca Street from 9:30am – 5:30pm. There will be preview tours and a preview party on Friday, July 6. For more … Continue reading