Stephen Dolmatch lives and works in New York. He is known primarily for urban and industrial landscapes in watercolor and gouache. The artwork rejects narrative but embraces the emotion triggered by the combination of light and the built environment. His vividly representational paintings share with some photography the sense that his subjects are unremarkable in themselves but rich with beauty and expressive force when looked at from a certain point of view. However, unlike photographs that isolate graphic energy tied to a specific time and place, the paintings emphasize the special pleasure of finding something, removing it from its context and discovering qualities that are unusual and extraordinary.
Gerrard Haggerty wrote in ARTnews that “Dolmatch’s elegant gouaches have something in common with the oils of Charles Sheeler. . . . Dolmatch’s highways, street corners, and industrial artifacts project a distinctly utopian aspect, and the way that he uses gouache reminds us that there is moisture in the air.”
Barbara Ball Buff of the Museum of the City New York, wrote, “From the precisionist painters and photographers of the early twentieth century, through later decades of abstraction and subsequent hard-edged realism, Dolmatch abetted by his own abstract vision, has distilled his own compelling version of the painted response to photography.”
Nord Wennerstrom wrote in The American that Dolmatch “works from an extensive body of photographs, and his style resembles Sheeler’s precisionism. Dolmatch uses a cool, subdued palette and has been rendering crisp, quietly dramatic urban and industrial landscapes of New York and New Jersey for more than 20 years. He focuses on the design elements of a subject rather than its physicality.”