Artist Statement

The intention of my work is to capture personal, subconscious thoughts through the painted moments in time. My subject matter seems unremarkable, primarily consisting of snippets from my daily life and commute to work. Several paintings have included depictions of the house I live in and the people that I encounter daily.


I am fascinated by working on discarded wood and other abandoned medium such as cardboard, newspaper, metal and other material. As I search for theses objects I notice how each piece has a unique character. The different colors, textures, dents, and scratches, allow me to gain an understanding of the history behind each finished work. My drawings and paintings are unrefined; they have empty spots just like the recycled canvas itself. The recycled canvas reflect everyday people and landscapes that are undistinguished and unrecognized in society. 

The series Combines are collages of raw wooden surfaces and unrefined paintings applied in an unstructured manner to reflect the nature of an individual. The works undergo a series of recycling processes from discarded wood to painting to sculpture. The image itself is abandoned as it becomes unexpectedly reconfigured, stacked, and transformed.

The Neighborhood series depicts a places that I have lived in and/or visted.  The individual homes represents the odd, sometimes lonely, experience of being human. My painted neighborhoods and individual homes attempt to find balance in the paradoxes of your land/my land, indoor/outdoor, and together/separate. Through the process of painting, I explore these dynamics on an individual level with the aim of creating images that are viewed and discussed by both strangers and neighbors.

Instagram: @StephenCohenArt


b. 1992 Springfield, NJ

Currently residing in Jersey City, NJ



 Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2010- 2014

   Pennsylvania State University, State College Pennsylvania


 Master of Fine Arts, 2015-2017

   Washington State University, Pullman Washington





Art HUB, Impressions Exhibition, Kingman Art Hub International Residency, Kingman, AZ, September- Deceber 2017


Washington State University Museum of Art, MFA Thesis Exhibit, Group, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, April- March 2017


Core Gallery, Rise: Overcoming Tragedy and Trauma, Group, Juried by Andrea Taylor, Seattle WA

January-February 2017


Lodge Gallery, 6 Hours, MFA Exchange Exhibition, Group, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR



Warring Properties, Solo Exhibition, Capitol Hill Art Walk, Seattle, WA

June 2016-November 2016


Cafe Vita, Solo Exhibition, Olympia, WA

June-July 2016


Blowing Sands Gallery, Recycled Art Show, Group, Seattle, WA

April-May 2016


Ridenbaugh Gallery, Not All Dreams Come True, Group, Exchange Exhibition, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

April-May 2016


University of Montana Fine Arts Gallery, Show & Tell: We Are All In This Together, Group, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 

February 2016


The Saturn Building, Freemont Art Walk, Juried Group, Seattle, WA                                             

December-January 2016


Gallery II, Grab and Go MFA Show, Group, Juried by Gabriel Fernandez, Washington State University, Pullman, WA                                                           

October 2015



City Winery, Art Works Foundation Benefit Show, Group, New York City, NY

September 2015


Nes Artist Residency, Artist Studio Exhibition, Group, Skagastrond, Iceland                       

October-November 2014


Coffee Cave Art Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Newark, NJ                                           

March 2014


Websters Bookstore and Cafe, Solo Exhibition, State College, PA

February 2014


Zoller Gallery, BFA Graduating Exhibition, Solo, Penn State University, University Park, PA                                                         

April 2013   


Pennsylvania State University Health Center, Solo Exhibition, University Park, PA   

February 2013


404 NYC, Art Works Foundation Benefit Show, Group, New York City, NY

December 2013


Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, Public Art Show Graffiti Artist for Israel

University Park, PA April 2012


Mantamed Salon, Solo Exhibition, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY                                      

May-November 2012





Kingman Arthub Residency, Kingman, Arizona



Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland                       

October-November 2014