Price: $28000.0

Size: diptych Medium: painting Material: Acrylic dispersion on recycled polymer canvas Frame: Not Framed

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Year: 2019 Style: fine art Description: From the press release for the November 2020 solo exhibit Widening: Omega, takes the physical composition of a rainbow as its inspiration and expands the palette to encompass the visible spectrum. Each transition between the eight color bands is host to hundreds of minor movements built of rings and the composition furthers the arc of a rainbow into a larger circle encompassing the shadowy silhouette of a tree. The light comes from behind the shadow but is not obscured by it; instead it is transformed into something larger and more vibrant than would have been visible otherwise. Need Help? Contact

About The Artist

Randall Stoltzfus
Randall Stoltzfus
Fine Art Artist
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Randall Stoltzfus


Randall Stoltzfus learned to cross-stitch, garden, and paint houses from his Mennonite family in rural Virginia before graduating with the highest distinction from UVA in 1993. Now he works in a studio in Brooklyn, where he makes art about light which is constructed from multitudes of hand-painted circles.

Seeking Light

We are each part of something larger than ourselves. Each of us, whether we realize it or not, is surrounded by our own light, which, in turn, contributes to a collective light so vast that it is easily overlooked.

The phenomenon of light — and our cooperation in creating it — are the subjects of Randall Stoltzfus’ art. “Light is essential to seeing, and light is essential to what my paintings express.” When seen, the expressions in Stoltzfus’ canvas spark light inside each of us.

For two decades, Stoltzfus has experimented with circles as the basis for an expressive language. By layering multitudes of circles, he builds subtle abstract forms that vibrate with light and unfold into otherworldly landscapes. No two of his circles are the same, differing in texture, color, size, and the unique marks left by the artist’s hand. The occasional application of gold-leaf adds yet another dimension of radiance.

These many layers of circles, both visible and hidden, reveal something greater than their sum as they coalesce to make the unseen visible. They communicate the artist’s inner feelings about the world. “Our eyes are circular -- the circle is the shape that enables each of us to see,” Stoltzfus said.

Influenced by his Mennonite upbringing, Stoltzfus’ circles show his deep affection for the natural world and his unease with the manufactured world - like this rectangular screen, its repetitive pixels, and the angular mass-produced goods that dot our environment.

Stoltzfus’ artworks evoke a sense of personal responsibility. His art reminds us that everybody brings light into the world and that by working together we can illuminate something much greater than ourselves.