Last week, local artist Steven DeLair invited us into his studio to talk about his new work and his evolution as an artist. His current show, “Variations & Contrasts,” is the result of 5 years of explorations, as Steven abandoned old techniques and ideas in favor of following new “creative impulses.”
About the show, Steven says:
The paintings for this show were selected from a body of work completed over the past five years. The small works in the show are as a whole very different from work done prior to 2005/2006. The larger oils contain some elements of past work but are also a departure from the past.
My professional career began in 1981. The majority of my work was sold in California to local, national and international collectors. Arizona was also a big market with a local and national scope. In addition, I was represented in South Florida for approximately 10 years.
During the period between 1981 and 2005/2006 my approach to painting remained fairly consistent with some modifications and refinements. As the years passed, I increasingly felt a need to expand my creative impulses and venture into new areas in order to reinvigorate my working process.
This show represents a contrast with the past, as well as variations within the new work. Through my exploration of various materials and subject matter I have found new avenues of approach for the present and the future.
“Variations & Contrasts” is on view January 30 – March 9, with an opening reception Friday, February 3, 6-8 p.m.
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