JOPHEN STEIN: ABSTRACTO takes an in-depth look at the surreal world of artist and illustrator Jophen Stein. An existential reaction to the seemingly nonsensical layers of narrative found in our modern life, Stein's figures are often lost in communication break down. Within his stunning Theatre of the Absurd, shanghaied sailors, courageous child super heroes, emperors, Freemasons and beyond rub shoulders, volleying for direction in their chaotic and incoherent existence. Hinting at the ironic adulation of pulp and trash novels and iconic political propaganda alike, Stein questions how meaning and metaphor are constructed.

With an essay by published author Aaron Owens.

About Jophen Stein

Jophen Stein is a Pomona based painter whose distinctive style has gained national recognition over the past few years. In 2004, he founded the Snootson Family Showcase, a collection of narrative and character based art. His recent shows have included Regal Row, Art Prostitute Gallery, Scenographic Transmissions, Thinkspace Gallery, Fourplay, Lineage Gallery in Philadelphia, and Tel Est La Guerre, Project Gallery in Culver City.

Jophen Stein received his BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003, and he attended the Art Center of Pasadena from 1996 to 1997.

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