Untitled (60-17), 1960            Oil on Canvas 96 x 69 3/4 x 0 3/4 in.

Untitled (60-17), 1960          

Oil on Canvas 96 x 69 3/4 x 0 3/4 in.

 Untitled (56-14), 1956                                      Oil on Canvas 84 x 36 in.

Untitled (56-14), 1956                                    

Oil on Canvas 84 x 36 in.

 Untitled (51-42), 1951                                    Oil on Canvas 42 3/4 x 33 3/4 in.

Untitled (51-42), 1951                                  

Oil on Canvas 42 3/4 x 33 3/4 in.

 Dark Painting (52-100), 1952                          Oil on Canvas 81 1/4 x 55 1/2 x 34 in.

Dark Painting (52-100), 1952                        

Oil on Canvas 81 1/4 x 55 1/2 x 34 in.

 Untitled (50-1), 1950                                                               Oil on Canvas 24 x 32 in.

Untitled (50-1), 1950                                                               Oil on Canvas 24 x 32 in.

 Untitled (56-20), 1956                                                  Oil on Canvas 74 x 54 in.

Untitled (56-20), 1956                                                

Oil on Canvas 74 x 54 in.

 Untitled (57-08), 1957                                     Oil on Canvas 36 x 48 in.

Untitled (57-08), 1957                                     Oil on Canvas 36 x 48 in.

 Untitled (53-W36A), 1953                                    Watercolor 22 x 30 in.

Untitled (53-W36A), 1953                                  

Watercolor 22 x 30 in.

1950S

Absorbing the heady atmosphere of NYC, Stephen becomes a vital member of the New York School. While frequenting popular artists’ hangouts like the Cedar Tavern, he befriends influential painters including Franz Kline and Mark Rothko. During the 1950s Stephen is singled out by Hans Hofmann as one of the finest painters to emerge from the second generation of abstract expressionists.

See here for a list of Stephen’s solo and group exhibitions.

Key dates:

1950

Stephen studies at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and the Instituto del Arte in Florence.

1951-1952

Stephen starts studies with Hans Hofmann in New York City. Using his remaining funds from the GI Bill, he continues studying during the summer at Hofmann’s school in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

1954

Stephen has his first solo exhibition in New York at the nonprofit Artists Gallery. He is befriended by Jackson Pollock and Willem and Elaine de Kooning. Stephen and Palmina spend their first of many summer vacations in Stonington, Maine.

1956

Stephen has his first solo exhibition at the Poindexter Gallery, New York City. He also has a solo exhibition at HCE Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts.

1957

Stephen’s work is included in American art exhibitions circulated to Europe, North Africa, and Japan by the United States Information Service and by the Museum of Modern Art.  His second solo exhibition opens at the Poindexter Gallery in New York.

1959

Washington University, St. Louis, presents a solo exhibition of Stephen’s work.

 Untitled (51-03), 1951                                                 Oil on Canvas   47 x 38 in.

Untitled (51-03), 1951                                                 Oil on Canvas   47 x 38 in.

 Untitled, 1954                                                      Watercolor 15 1/4 x 22 1/4 in.

Untitled, 1954                                                    

Watercolor 15 1/4 x 22 1/4 in.

Pace’s paintings are abstractions in which energetic elements battle their way to equilibrium
— Dore Ashton, NYtimes
 Untitled, 1951                                                              Oil on Canvas 41 x 33 1/2 in.

Untitled, 1951                                                            

Oil on Canvas 41 x 33 1/2 in.

 Monhegam Island, 1959                                      Watercolor 22 x 30 in.

Monhegam Island, 1959                                    

Watercolor 22 x 30 in.

George McNeil, Steve Pace, and Alfred Leslie
— Hoffman when asked who his most promising students were
 Untitled (52- 50b), 1952                                  Oil on Canvas 32 x 26 in. 

Untitled (52- 50b), 1952                                

Oil on Canvas 32 x 26 in. 

 Untitled (50-2), 1950                                    Oil on Canvas 24 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 in.

Untitled (50-2), 1950                                  

Oil on Canvas 24 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 1 in.

 Untitled (57-09)                                                                   Oil on Canvas 56 x 35 in.

Untitled (57-09)                                                                   Oil on Canvas 56 x 35 in.

 Untitled (57-05), 1957              Oil on Canvas 80 x 41 in.

Untitled (57-05), 1957            

Oil on Canvas 80 x 41 in.