Stanley Bielen

Biography

Stanley Bielen was born in Rzeszow, Poland. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He currently lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the Fleisher Art Memorial of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Style

Stanley Bielen's small still life paintings have been compared to the slightly abstracted still life's of Edouard Manet. The works are loose, brushy interpretations of the subject matter rather than attempts at photographic realism. "Bielen's elegant oil on paper paintings [are] steeped in quiet contemplation. An intimacy is felt regardless of whether he is handling a still life or a landscape. The painter is masterful in capturing dramatic half-light, while employing loose strokes of translucent color from his simple yet seductive palette."

Honors

Bielen's work is part of the collections of the Hirshorn Museum, CBS Television and Goldman Sachs. He was the recipient of the 2003 Fred and Naomi Hazell Faculty Fellowship at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His work has shown at The Harrison Gallery from 2007-2009, the Great River Arts Institute, Brattleboro, VT, and the National Academy of Design, NYC.