Born and raised in Upstate New York, Ethan Stuart's newest paintings reflect his family's history with religion. His grandfather built a small church in the late 1970’s and lead it for over ten years as the acting pastor. Ethan was raised a Christian. Whenever anything changed in his life, or there was a big event in the news, he was taught it was an act of God. He hasn't thought of himself as a Christian for years now, but his painting practice re-visits these memories and relishes the magical realism of believing in a higher power. These recollections in paint aren’t a retelling of true events, but more so, a story of how it felt to process life events through a lens which allowed for the supernatural.
Ethan attended Pratt Munson Williams-Proctor in New York for two years where he picked up a fascination with formalism that would go on to influence his abstract tendencies. He then attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he became heavily influenced by members of the Chicago Imagists and the Hairy Who?. After ten years in Chicago, Ethan has finally moved to Southern California where he is living and working today. Though far from home, his new work brings him closer than ever to his childhood in New York.