Paul Stephensen is an artist who creates his work through a form of painting called Sous Rature. According to the artist: “Instead of using a blank canvas I take original artwork (not prints or multiples) created by other artists and erase parts of them. The result is destructive and creative, a forced collaboration, iconoclasm; image breaking in the literal sense and graffiti in that ‘what constitutes graffiti is neither the inscription nor its message but the wall, the background, the surface; it is because the background exists fully as an object that has already lived, that such writing always comes as an enigmatic surplus, that is what disturbs the order of things.”

The subject of the painting is given significance by its absence. It was a painting, now it is a painting.