Stephen Pusey

Stephen Pusey

Photo credit: Wilhelm Scholz
    Influenced by Borges’ sense of space, time and history, Pusey creates a labyrinthine stasis, embedding distant feelings of the universe that appear in the process of suspending opticality. Instead of a vibrating surface, these paintings suggest a woven space through an optical texture that defies finite properties.

    Robert C. Morgan artpress Paris#342, 2008 (excerpt)1

Stephen Pusey was born in London in 1952 and graduated from St. Martins School of Art in 1975.

From 1977 to 1982, he painted monumental public murals around London commissioned by local authorities2,3,4,5,6. In 1986, he exhibited at PS17 (MoMA PS1) after which New York became his domicile. In the following years, Pusey experimented with various forms including digital and networked media. In 1996, he co-founded the online art and discussion hub Plexus ( with curator Yu Yeon Kim. He was a founding member of the Foundation for Digital Culture (1996) and a contributing artist to Arsdoom (Peter Weibel, et al) for Ars Electronica8 (1995). In 1997 he co-curated OMNIZONE, Perspectives in Mapping Digital Culture9,10,11 which featured on the Guggenheim Museum's Cyberatlas website12 (curated by Jon Ippolito).

Concurrent with his empirical digital and net art – his painting followed a personal trajectory which, while Abstract, was informed by an interest in physical, neurological and biological resonance. Referring to his 2013 solo exhibition at Guided By Invoices, Art in America wrote,

    All his concerns come together, dynamically, in these recent paintings whose swirling, multicolor lines evoke-in perspectival depth - genetics, cosmology, Information networks and personal signature.13 (excerpt)

The artist has had various solo and group exhibitions in New York City and internationally and his work is in international public, corporate and private collections, including Neuberger Berman.14,15