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Stephen Magsig paints often-overlooked elements of the America, more specifically the collision between nature and urbanization in Detroit—vanishing industry, sunlit houses, storefronts, prairie.
He applies oils to linen canvas or panel in wet layers one on top of another, known as the Alla Prima method. Although his paintings are mostly representational, Magsig is more committed to story than exact replication.
He is in the process of documenting Detroit in a series of small paintings. Since 2007 he has produced over 1,300 images of Detroit that have been exhibited and collected nationwide.