Stephen Brophy (1940-2015) was born in New York City and moved to Greenville, New York, where he lived and worked for most of his adult life. A self-taught artist, Brophy produced paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures spanning 50 years, capturing scenes ranging from those remembered from his childhood growing up in the Bronx to the beautiful landscapes, farmlands and barns of upstate New York.
Brophy’s work reflects his broad interests: sometimes a house he worked on as a builder or one of the vintage automobiles he loved, and sometimes a portrait of one of his boys or the landscape visible from his kitchen window. Later in his career, he turned more to abstraction, which also varied from hard-edged geometry to more intensely-colored and expressionistic compositions.
Brophy had three one-man shows at the Columbia-Greene Community College (during the 1980s and early 1990), two one-man shows at the Institute of Man and Science in Rensselaerville (1980s), and group shows at the former Terrance Gallery in Palenville (1981) and the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson (2013 and 2015). A number of Brophy's paintings are on view at the Greene County Savings Bank in Greenville, purchased through the Greene County Council on the Arts.
Brophy was a house builder and restorer. He is survived by six sons and 11 grandchildren.
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