Stephen Gulau

Clear Creek County, CO

I grew up in the mountains, and quickly left after high school. It took twenty years to return, but I've been happy I did.

Awkward Bench


A Q&A with Stephen Gulau

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?

I always drew. I think most of my life I've had delusions of grandeur about being an artist. Over the years the mediums have changed, but the itch to create has always been there.

What are three words you would use to best describe your work?
Impractical explorations of perspective

Do you recall the first piece you made? How did it turn out?
In terms of furniture, I made a chez lounge in my early twenties. It was my first attempt at upholstery, and for what it was, it turned out pretty good. Though, in reality it was just a gaudy red velvet sex couch. I'm glad my aesthetics have evolved.

What album/song are you currently listening to?
Asia-King Night-Salem

Do you have a favorite piece you've made?
That changes from day to day. I have pieces that I'm proud of if they lead to new pieces. I feel like a piece is never finished because there's always something I want to improve. Or better yet, I'm proud when I can extract an element that I like and create something new based around it. Every piece is an exploration, not a finite journey.

Are you self taught?
To an extent. I was until making the leap to go back to school for object design in Chicago. The faculty and staff at SAIC were an infinite inspiration to my work and development as an artist.

Do you have a favorite coffee/tea spot?
Plume Coffee Bar, Silver Plume, CO