Randy Stevens
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b. 1953

   Randy Stevens’ pastel and glitter drawings of people are a kind of offbeat, upbeat, modern-day hieroglyphics.  These marvelously rendered and colorful drawings are giddy and fun.  Ms. Stevens’ wry humor and brittle exaggeration of human personality become addictive.  Satires of social interaction, her work mocks the traditional canons of sobriety and issues spontaneous commentary about ourselves and our time.

   The drawings are caustic vignettes of familiar and provocative characters in anecdotal situations.  The viewer is drawn to invent his own stories and interrelationships beyond the scene itself.  A cocktail party image exposes the lewd and licentious strain beneath the glittering veneer of champagne and chandeliers.  Ambiguous game show scenes present a frenzied audience, mad with lust for the goods on stage, shouting “#2!, #1!, #3!”, or “The Box!!”  Art openings are attended by characters who are more exciting than the so-called art on the walls.  Beach scenes feature blonde, bikinied bombshells, backyard barbecues are loud with beer-drinking, big-bellied philistines.  Stevens’ work is not powered by malice but by an affectionate glee and an understanding of the element of kitsch inherent in all American life.

   The parody is more direct in the artist’s paintings. These large canvases feature only one figure, usually a woman.  A woman who is so marked by clichés that she can, through her make-up, her manner of dress, her surroundings, and her attitude, represent a whole age- a euphoric female icon who masks her anguish.

   Stevens paintings are never subtle, but are purposely gaudy, stimulating, and occasionally vulgar.  The paint is thick, the surfaces rich with texture.  A large black canvas called “Bad Girl” depicts a bee-hived bleached blonde in a short, tight, black glitter dress.  Heavy, shiny, black enamel is used for her spikes and giant pocketbook.  She is smoking and sneering through black shades and her saucy stance tells us what she is all about. Painted against a background of tasteless red and gold wallpaper is a cocktail party hostess bursting into the room with a tray of hors d’oeuvres.  Written in gold glitter is the housewife’s announcement:  “HORS D’OEUVRES!”

   Although these wacky paintings and drawings may be outwardly humorous, they are acute and probing representations of people.  The absurdities of life and its social and cultural stereotypes are mirrored by this artist’s piquant vision.

   Randy Stevens graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1975 and received the Albert H. Whitin Fellowship in her final year.  In 1980, she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship.  In 1976, she began exhibiting in New York at the Kornblee Gallery, where she remained until 1984.  She has also shown extensively in the United States and in Europe. Her work is owned by an eclectic group including Bill Cosby, the Hirschhorn Museum, the Neuberger Museum, and the Hard Rock Cafes in Los Angeles and San Francisco.


2010   M.F.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA
1988   B.F.A., Tufts University
1975   Diploma. Fifth Year Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


2015   Follow My Instructions, William Morris Hunt Library, MFA Boston, MA
2010   Ocean Cliff Ballroom, Newport, RI
1998   Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA
1995   White Oaks Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1994   Art Beatus, Hong Kong
1994   Newbury Fine Arts, Martha’s Vineyard
1993   Newbury Fine Arts, Boston
1992   Newbury Fine Arts, Boston
1989   Newbury Fine Arts, Boston
1985   Stavridis Gallery, Boston, 1985
1984   Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Los Angeles
1983   Galleria del Cavallino, Venice.  Italy
1983   Kornblee Gallery, New York
1982   Galleria del Cavallino, Venice.  Italy
1982   Kornblee Gallery, New York
1980   Kornblee Gallery, New York
1979   Cutler-Stavridis Gallery, Boston
1978   Kornblee Gallery, New York
1977   Kornblee Gallery, New York
1976   Kornblee Gallery, New York


2019   Color Play, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2019    Spring Into Color, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2018   Contemporary Storytelling, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2017   Pop Nouveau Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2016   Colorful Expression Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2015   Anniversary Exhibit Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2015   FOLLOW MY INSTRUCTIONS, MFA's Willam Morris Hunt Memorial Library, Boston, MA
2014   The Power of Negative Thinking, The New Art Center, Newton, MA
2010   Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Desperate Measures, Tufts University Museum
2005   Memory and Desire, Gallery 1581, Brookline, MA
2004   Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, New York, NY
2004   Soho House, New York, NY
1998   The Forum Corporation, Boston, MA
1998   Harvard Club, Boston, MA
1994   New Trends, Hong Kong
1991   Art Expo, New York
1990   Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
1990   Art Expo, New York
1989   Art Expo, New York
1986   Traveling Fellowship Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts
1980   Traveling Fellowship Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts
1975   Traveling Fellowship Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts
1983   The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
1982   Pallazzo della Permanente Milan
1982   Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
1982   Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
1981   Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1981   Roger Ramsey Gallery, Chicago
1981   Galleria del Cavallino, Venice
1981   Barbara Toll Fine Arts
1981   Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York
1980   Kornblee Gallery, New York
1980   Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York
1977   Smith Art Museum, Springfield, MA 1977
1976   Georgia State University Museum, Atlanta, GA
1975   Russell Sage College, Troy, NY


1992   New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
1980   Graduate Traveling Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1986   Graduate Traveling Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1975   Albert H. Whitin Traveling Fellowship. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Hirshhorn Collections, Washington, D.C.
The Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York
Louis Hornick & Co., Haverstraw, New York
Hard Rock Cafe, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Jenette Kahn, Warner Communications, New York
Bill Cosby, Beverly Hills, California
Adam Baumgold, Baumgold Bros. Diamonds, Inc., New York
Jeffrey Lederer, New York
Christine Van, Modern Age Studios, New York
Hamersley’s Bistro, Boston, MA
Michael Steinberg, New York, NY
Pearls Boutique Hotels, Newport, RI
Sheraton Hotel, Hong Kong
Julian Schnabel, New York, NY


Sheraton Hotel, Hong Kong
Hard Rock Cafes, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA
Warner Communications, New York, NY


Vanity Fair
Harvard Business Review
Boston Globe
Entertainment Weekly
Four Seasons Hotel


Graphique de France, Woburn, MA – Noisiel, France
Newbury Fine Arts Limited Editions, Boston, MA
Grand Image Ltd., Seattle, WA