Stephen Porter

Stephen Porter grew up in an artistic family and began making art at an early age. His focus on sculpture was sealed by a class he took in his Sophomore year at Colorado College, where he earned his BFA, and he went on to acquire an MFA at Cornell University in 1967. He then went on to teach sculpture at Pennsylvania State University for nearly 3 decades. His work is held in several collections across the United States, including Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY., Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY., Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has exhibited widely at venues across the state of Maine.

Porter was stimulated by the strong, simple forms of ancient and primitive sculpture and would seek out examples during his travels. He was especially inspired by the prehistoric stonework of the Orkney Islands north of Scotland. His self described ‘abstract geometry’ style also fits into the traditions of minimalism and the Russian avant garde; placing emphasis on emotion and artistic craft and characterized in part by bold graphics and simple shapes. Porter’s style is known for it’s sleek geometrical shapes and totemic presence. He does not imbue his work with specific interpretations. “People can take what they want from whatever art they look at. My work has no metaphor. It just is what it is.”

Porter does all his own fabrication, which typically entails cutting out shapes from large sheets of stainless steel, welding them together and then restoring the mirrored finish to the entire piece. He also carves granite, wood and rock and sometimes incorporates these natural materials into his
metal sculptures.