Stanford Art Spaces
June 1, 2001 to July 26, 2001, Stanford Art Spaces features an exhibit by two artists:

Stephen Ehret
Paintings
Michael Protiva
Paintings

Tristan       © 2001

Golden Challenge      © 2001


This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus in four buildings: the Allen Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), Gates Computer Science, Terman Engineering Center, and Humanities and Sciences.    

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or marigros@stanford.edu
Stephen Ehret


Lagoon I © 2001


Triptych © 2001

Stephen Ehret grew up on the San Francisco peninsula during its rural period, attending the College of San Mateo and finishing his formal education at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. For the past thirty years he has lived and worked in Marin County and has his painting studio at the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito, amidst a community of some sixty artists. He lives on the water in Richardson's Bay and this environment is reflected in his paintings.

He uses a glazing technique that starts with a graphite rendering on canvas which is then covered with layers of trasparent acrylic color, using only cyan, magenta, and yellow to create the full palette of hues allowing the underlying pencil drawing to create the tones.

"Light reflects on water the way emotions wash over the heart. I find these emotions expressed in the many aspects of the constantly changing surface of the environment on which I live. The effects of light are metaphors to express the transcendent spirit. Time and the flow of emotions over that time are essential ingredients. These paintings are autobiographical."



Michael Protiva


Harbor © 2000


Enchantment of Na Pali © 2000

Born in Kansas to a Bohemian immigrant father and a Mayflower descendant mother, Michael Protiva's life has been anything but ordinary. At the age of nine, he and his family moved to Venezuela. "I learned a lesson from my father that rewards in life come from taking risks. I take that approach towards my art. Art and life are connected. Art is the reflection of the process of life."

Protiva began to draw and paint as a child. He returned to the U.S. at 19, studying art at the University of Kansas until his education was interrupted by the Vietnam War. He served in the Navy in the Mediterranean, Cuba, Panama, and eventually San Francisco, where he settled. Caught up in the revelry of the sixties, he decided to devote himself to becoming an artist. "There was a huge revolution of art and culture. It was magical."

Over the past 30 years, his serene but softly overpowering paintings have become part of many prestigious collections. The Golden Challenge is on display at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. His work is in galleries in Hawaii, California, and North Carolina.



San Diego © 2001


Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or marigros@stanford.edu
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