Steven Steinman's seemingly monochromatic paintings ripple with texture and undulating patterns informed by nature and expressed by hand. A sculpted underpainting provides an all-over topographical blueprint onto which subsequent layers of oilsticks in a range of colors spotlight subtle but highly-nuanced surfaces. The drawings are first rhythmically marked and scratched with hand tools. Layers of powdered pigments then further propel and reveal the altered structure of the paper. Collectively, the work engages light and shadow to open up the picture plane and invite new ways of seeing.
Steinman was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1951. He received a BFA from California State University, Northridge. He has exhibited in the U.S. and Europe since the 1980s and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria; Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland.
The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.