Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Stephen Rue (Spokane) received a 2007 GAP to support the addition of paintings to the series Saints and Sinners, which focuses on contemporary and personal interpretations of saints and biblical stories. The series of oil paintings combines “my interest in the stylistic techniques of the Renaissance with my fascination and background in religion as the son and grandson of Lutheran ministers…By presenting traditional subjects in a contemporary setting, I draw the viewer into a psychological game of associations between the image and his or her own religious experience. It is in this realm of religious retrospection and unconscious expectations that I like to let my paintings live.”

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