Stephen Ratomski seldom starts a painting or a print with an image. He begins with an idea that has a relationship to something he has observed. His artwork is a product of concentrated observation of places around him. He records information with photographs, sketches, collaged images and notes.
In his studio he starts to combine his observations from the landscape or urban settings into a composition, colour relationships, light, shapes and fragments of detail. He relishes in the spontaneity of the hand of the artist, freely interpreting brushstrokes, drawn marks, scratches and scrapes. This results in artworks with a strong sense of geometry and design as a means of balancing colours, textures and shapes. His work although abstract in execution, relates closely to seen or felt experiences in specific places. This entices viewers to recognise the environment he sees through layers of paint, ink and drawn marks creating complex surfaces capturing a sense of place, a mood or a feeling. His use of hand-made papers highlights his creative skill and dexterity as a painter and printmaker.
His artwork has been called romantic and he clearly works with deep feeling, spirituality and free expression.
STEPHEN RATOMSKI 2019