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      In my paintings, I begin by discovering and drawing out abstract, linear and spatial order from the seemingly random activity of commonplace situations, such as those found sitting in or walking by cafes and restaurants where so many elements of normal life converge. 

     Architectural elements are used as a sort of scaffolding to frame,and fracture the picture plane and illusionistic spaces, creating something of a kaleidoscopic collage. Objects and events like interior/exterior, people, streets, cars, tables, chairs, cups, napkins and trees, are held together by a unifying, realistic rendering and warm, bright light, shadows, and reflections luring us in. With no object or figure deemed more central or more important than any other, the paintings are subject-less and decentralized, seemingly expanding beyond the confines of the canvas.

     The final images compel, disquiet and reassure. Comfortable inviting moments are answered with jarring complexity, and sometimes confusion.

     The paintings are distillations and attempts at acceptance of an environment, ever changing and unedited, brimming with imminent and potential energy. They delight is simply being slices of life, stumbled upon and easily missed, inviting contemplation of the moments and abstract structure within our surroundings.

artist statement

     From the woods of Northern Maine, where he was raised, to the streets of San Francisco, Steven Albert's paintings have always been informed by patterns of clear, bright sunlight and shadows.

     He has spent many years as a matte painter for the motion picture industry,  working on animated films such as "Shrek" and "Antz", and being inspired by and continuously learning from the astounding talents surrounding him. 

     Working in the motion picture industry gave him the opportunity to travel around the world with various studios and being immersed in various cultures and peoples.
     Albert's work has been represented by galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, among others, and has been exhibted in various museums and venues around the country, and internationally.

     His paintings are included in several important collections worldwide.

     In 2006, he was awarded a Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant.

     Albert currently lives and works in Maine as a freelance matte painter, enjoying and being inspired by the wild landscape and seasons, accumulating materials for new artwork.

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good friday

Good Friday 2004 oil on canvas 30x30in

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