the artist

Stuart Rome

Stuart Rome

Philadelphia, PA

Stuart Rome

The Pennsylvania Convention Center acquired three (3) photographs from artist Stuart Rome which all utilize patterning as a device to allude to connections between chaos and order.

This series titled “Oculus” are photographs made from within giant redwoods and sequoias.  These trees, some up to five thousand years old, though hollow, remain alive and have over their long lives been recurrently struck by lightning, eventually carving out their hard central cores, effecting an aperture – framing the living canopy above and the sky beyond.

These pictures are not description nor documentation, but are intended as a catalyst or portal moving from a recognizable world to something original and unexpected.

Fast Facts

Name: Stuart Rome


Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut

1977, B.F.A. – Rochester Institute of Technology
1979, M.F.A. – Arizona State University

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
John Pfahl
Betty Hahn

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Pattern recognition
Boromini, Michelangelo
William Blake
Agnes Martin
Philip Guston
Emmet Gowin
Edward Weston

Favorite materials or media:
Photographic materials

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Drexel University

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