Published: Adelson Galleries, Inc. 2001
All of you in business know that anything that appears simple is only an illusion, simple only as viewed from the outside. There is no such thing as an easy business. Ask the twenty and thirty-somethings who thought the Internet was an instant source of riches.
Andrew Stevovich's paintings seem so simple; he seems to effortlessly produce his people with marvelous color and technical brilliance. But his creatures cook in his brain, and believe me, they're mostly thinking dark, dangerous, perverse thoughts. Because everyone has his dark side, which most of us keep in check because of the law and the moral rules of society. We fear to do the things we dream about. But look at Andrew Stevovich's characters, in casinos, at the track, in nightclubs, at the beach, in their beds. They're dreaming, scheming, plotting the next step, the next fantasy. And Andrew's dreams move on as well.
We bought a painting in the mid 80s that totally captured another book of mine: a sugar daddy, high roller in a crowded nightclub. He hands a green credit card to a cynical woman cashier who has seen everything. That's Stevovich's painting. My book's title Sex and Money. Andrew is keeping up with my vision of the world. Or I'm trying to keep up with his.
The last painting we bought showed four men seated at a blackjack table, reacting in various ways to the cards and a female dealer. Each of the men is lost in his own thoughts. My novel, just out at the same time, was called The Foursome.
If you have secrets of the soul, you will love Andrew Stevovich's paintings. If you appreciate the complexities of human nature, you need to have a Stevovich on the wall. Every day you own it, you will pause by it, contemplate and smile.
If art makes you think and smile then it has done its job. And so has the artist.
If you don't have a Stevovich in a special place in your life, then maybe your fantasies need rethinking.