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When Biology Trumps Theology Painting

Ira Stein

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 30 W x 40 H x 1 D in

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When Biology Trumps Theology Clare is a physical therapist. We talked a lot about her genetic background and found that her behavior was a duplicate of her mother's. Today they both talk about their issues freely with each other. She told me how she wishes she could explore her sexuality but without hurting the one she loves. Let me ask you, Is there anything you do that you wish you could stop doing but can’t? _______________________________________________ Ira Stein’s raw vision of humankind is presented through his series of what he has termed “psychoanalytical portraiture.” His paintings are generated by an intensive interrogative process where the sitter’s perception of self is re-examined and repressed emotions are unveiled. Unapologetically, Stein's artworks bluntly place free will against genetic determinism. Stein disrupts the conventional explanation of the essence our beings by dismissing environmental factors as the root cause of our actions. Unequivocally, Stein screams that genetic determinism is the overriding cause for all our compulsions. His unique approach to art production results in the tearing down of the inherent self-aggrandizement of portraiture and presents his models as he sees them - survivors. His portraits capture both the uniqueness of women and the difficulties they face in life. In this exhibition, expressions of sorrow, power, apathy, and desire are inventively shown alongside intimate testimonials and Stein's unfiltered questions. The summation of his art project being distilled to the very essence of our being - genetics.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:30 W x 40 H x 1 D in

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Ira Stein’s works confront issues that are difficult to talk about – sexual and physical abuse, social responsibility and what he feels is the dumbing down of society. As you will see, his works are bound together by his fascination with genetics and how it determines “all the shit you do.” His mantra, “Fuck Wisely” is a raw summation of his perspective on how society is evolving. Stein is a trained artist, a Vietnam veteran, former commercial airline pilot, and was a renown jeweler. With such an interesting and varied personal background, his works convey a well-rounded, multi-dimensional and inventive interpretation of the world surrounding him. His sculptures, mixed-media collages and figurative paintings all provide a glimpse into the psyche of an artist grasping with the notion of genetic essentialism viewed from the perspective of the troubled, vulnerable, and erotic female. Stein lives and works in Brentwood, California.

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