The realist paintings of New York-based artist Stone Roberts resemble those of the Old Masters, yet his art is unmistakably contemporary. While his exquisitely detailed canvasesprimarily still lifes and figural scenesexhibit a wealth of narrative complexity and subtlety, it is his ability to inject into his work a mystery and commentary on modern society that sets him apart from other artists of his generation. This expanded hardcover edition of Abrams 1993 paperback has been updated to include the past seven years, during which Robertss output has nearly doubled, he has had a highly successful one-man gallery show, and his work has enjoyed increasing attention and acclaim.
This new editionwith 31 new colorplatesincludes cultural critic Charles Micheners original essay on the individual works and on Robertss peculiarly American sensibility. New commentary on the artists recent paintings is provided by the noted writer Verlyn Klinkenborg.