Artist's work exhibited in New York

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Stephen_ConroySOME of the work of celebrated Helensburgh-born artist Stephen Conroy is on show in New York throughout December.

Over 30 oils on canvas are on display at the Marlborough Gallery where he previously had an exhibition in 2007.

A spokesman for the gallery said: “The majority are large paintings measuring 68 x 42 inches, and several small studies of heads measuring 14 x 12 inches.

“In this new series of paintings, Conroy continues his pre-occupation with the human figure in isolation and presents a single male figure posed in various standing positions.

“More than half of the paintings are self portraits and these range from a series of head studies in which he portrays himself both frontally and in profile, as well as three-quarter length views with arms in various attitudes.

“This is a striking group of paintings, where the artist’s gaze is particularly poignant and enigmatic. Continuing a theme begun in his previous series, two of the figures in the self portraits are depicted talking on a mobile phone, an action that enhances the work’s sense of psychological interiority.

“The allure of Conroy’s work, its impact and fascination, are partly derived from the figures’ imposing and silent presence, but also from a unique faculty of introspective mood that the artist imparts to his painting.

“His grandly communicative canvases with their masterly drawing and painting technique manifest an intriguing mystery of purpose, and they are like no other figurative works being done today.”

Stephen — whose paintings can sell at art auctions for as much as £100,000 — was born in Braeholm Hospital in Helensburgh in 1964, and brought up in Renton.

After living for some years in Helensburgh, he now lives near Cardross and does most of his painting at his studio in Alexandria.

  • The picture is Stephen Conroy’s The Man You Never Knew II, 2010, oil on canvas and is reproduced by courtesy of the Marlborough Gallery.