About artist Stephen Auger


About Stephen

Stephen Auger has worked as a visual artist and color theorist for over four decades. Trained at the Center of Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, he worked as a colorist in New York for renowned design houses such as Jack Lenor Larsen and Tiffany’s while at the same time producing artworks. His paintings and sculptures are in private, corporate and museums collections internationally, including Yale University, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Malcolm Forbes, CBS Corporation, Panasonic Corp. and The Carnegie Institute.

Stephen has also been involved in several collaborative curatorial, teaching, and research projects. Stephen lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Artist Statement

I am eternally curious about the basic laws of nature and their effects on elemental materials and human perception, particularly in relation to color. Process-driven and intellectually rigorous, my work is informed by my academic interest in the history and evolution of our understanding of visual perception. I have absorbed the work of pioneering scientists such as Purkinje, Goethe and Newton. Throughout my career I have explored and continue to explore color both intellectually and visually - whether it has been composed of light or of materials. In my recent work I have started exploring the relationship between seeing and sensing; encouraging the latter as a distinct mode of conscious visual perception.


2016 - Wild Resiliency Interview
2016 - Movement and Emotion as Computational Interface
2016 - Stephen Petronio Paddle8 Auction
2014 - The Meaning of LightKinfolk Magazine
2013 - Departures Magazine                                                    
2010 - This Other Radiance (downloadable PDF)
2002 - American Woodworker
2002 - Wood Magazine (Better Homes and Gardens)
2001 - American Woodworker
1998 - Old House Journal
1995 - New York Magazine
1993 - New York Magazine
1991 - New England Monthly
1989 - New York Times, Boston Globe
1989 - Vogue
1988 - Connoisseur
1985 - Smithsonian


2015 - The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, N
2015 - Luna Vishnu Schist 1996 and Star Spirit 2013, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff AZ
2013 - Coherent Light, Cloud5Project, Santa Fe, NM
2013 - Yugen Array, Cloud5Project, Santa Fe, NM
2012 - Seeing Ourselves, MUSE Center of Photography and the Moving Image, New York, NY
2010 - New Work, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2009 - Paper / Glass / Metal, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
1995 - Work in the Invisible: Recent Paintings, Jeffery Bilhuber Gallery, New York, NY
1990 - The Art & Science of Color: Stephen Auger, A Survey 1975 - 1990, Bergen Museum of Art & Science, Bergen, NJ
1988 - Harmonic Scratch, Arras Gallery, New York, NY
1987 - Ground Paintings, Arras Gallery, New York, NY
1986 - Stephen Auger, Arras Gallery, New York, NY
1986 - Limited Edition Serigraphs, Norman Lassiter Studio, Richmond, VA
1984 - Paintings on Paper, Arras Gallery, New York, NY
1983 - Recent Work, Arras Gallery, New York, NY
1983 - New Paintings, Adams-Middleton Gallery, Dallas, TX
1983 - Color Harmony & Harmonic Contrast, Arras Gallery, New York, NY
1982 - Luminance Exhibition, Arras Gallery, New York, NY
1982 - Paintings from Luminance, John Rugg Gallery, Nantucket, MA


2014 - Twilight Array
2013 - Twilight Installation (Collaboration with Gary Snyder, Harvard University and Illuminex, Inc
2013 - Yugen Array, Private Client, New York, NY
2004 - Breath, Private Client, Santa Fe, NM
1994 - Diamond-encrusted butterfly pin, with Angela Cummings, Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY
1992-93 - Opera Light, Tiffany & Co, Santa Fe Opera, Metropolitan Opera
1989 - Presence of Fire, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
1988 - Visual Effect for Flip Side, Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
1985 - Optical Sculpture Commissions, Tiffany & Co, Sierra Club, Smithsonian Institute
1984 - Easter Windows, Tiffany & Co
1982 - Costumes for Polaris, Paul Taylor Dance Co., New York, NY
1981 - Luminance Windows, Tiffany & Co
1980 - Fabric Painting, Jack Lenor Larson, Carolina Herrera, George Peter Stavropoulos
1980 - Handmade Book Cover, The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe, Cheloniidae Press (Ed. 125)