May I Introduce Steven Assael?

1 May 2011

Venus Pregnant by Steven Assael, oil painting, 72 x 48, 2002.
Venus Pregnant by Steven Assael, oil painting, 72 x 48, 2002.
Steven Assael: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Artist Steven Assael was born in New York City in 1957. He attended Pratt Institute and presently teaches at The School of Visual Arts, in New York City. He has had several solo shows nationally, including at the Columbus Museum of Art, Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee, Lowe Gallery, in Atlanta, and Forum Gallery, in Los Angeles, California.

In 1999, a retrospective solo exhibition of his work was held at the Frye Art Museum, in Seattle, Washington. Assael's work has also been exhibited at The Arkansas Arts Center, The New York Academy of Art, and The Arnot Art Museum and is represented in the public collections of The Hunter Museum of Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, The Columbus Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Assael is recognized nationally as a leading artist in contemporary representational art scene. He is known best for his figural compositions, in which he portrays humanity with empathy as well as subversion. Assael's figure compositions synthesize the characteristics of the past masters with a selective eye for the present, suffusing elements of naturalism and romanticism to blend contemporary techniques with those of the past.

His paintings have been called Post-Post Modern and the artist's methodology includes working strictly from live models. Arlene Raven describes him as wanting "the greater possibilities of duration. More variety, and a broader range of values and colors, a chronicle of the transformations of changing light, spent over real minutes and hours with his model." In speaking of his work and how it contributes to contemporary art, Assael stated that, "Even though art is dead as we have known it, painting is not."

He is currently represented by Forum Gallery, in New York City. For more information on Assael, visit his website.

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