ELLSWORTH — Maine painter Stephen Pace, who divided his time between homes in the coastal town of Stonington and New York for over half a century, died Thursday, Sept. 23, in southern Indiana. He was 92. He is survived by his wife, Palmina Pace.
Pace, whose work is currently on view at the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, is credited with influencing the abstract expressionist movement through his landscapes and figurative work. He taught acclaimed artists including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollack and Willem deKooning at the Hans Hoffmann School in New York City.
His artistic career included stints in Mexico and Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein.
“He will be missed, but he has achieved a kind of immortality through the paintings he has left,” Maine filmmaker Richard Kane wrote in an e-mail informing friends and colleagues of Pace’s death.
Kane has just finished a second film about Pace’s artwork, which was sponsored by Maine College of Art. It’s Stephen giving the tour of their Stonington home.
“It’s been an honor to know such a kind and deeply talented fellow,” Kane said.