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 asJack Lenor Larsen and Tiffany’s while at the same time producing his 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 lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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.
Leonardo Journal, MIT Press, Spring, 1996