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Steve Coffey – Prairie Inspiration

Soft Rain Road, 2019, oil, 30 x 48

Alberta-based Steve Coffey represents the full scale of a multidisciplinary artist. He’s been an integral part of the Canadian art and music scene for many years. He has curated travelling exhibitions, created large-scale public sculptures, taught college, and conducted workshops and art residencies. He’s on exhibition at Fortune Gallery in Victoria, B.C. through Aug. 30, 2019.

Lunar Harvest, 2019, oil, 30 x 48, Assiniboia Gallery

Coffey originally practiced metal sculpture but eventually gave in to his love of drawing and representation and was seduced by the immediacy and challenges of oil paint, which he began exploring full time in 1995. His music has received critical acclaim over the course of ten albums to date.

Summer Curves, 2019, oil, 36 x 48

“I have always thought of the prairies as a place loaded with visual intricacies resulting in what has become this lifelong exploration to capture its power on canvas and in song,” Coffey says.

The Tree Hill, oil, 24 x 48

“My paintings are mental snapshots,” Coffey says. “I don’t paint from photographs and I seldom paint plein air. Essentially I’ll see something that strikes me, file it away in my head and draw on it in my studio. These mental files I call ‘Memory Polaroids’.” – from his artist statement, here.

Train Over Water, 2018, oil, 30 x 40

” My work is elemental, with a focus on nature and the forces with which humanity has to contend. I search for a distinctive atmosphere from the immensity and grandeur of the plains to the human mark etched upon it.”

Road Through Summer Hills, 2018, oil 20 x 40

Steve Coffey has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Regina (1990), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary (1988) and a Diploma in Art & Design from Red Deer College (1985). 

The Walk Home, oil, 24 x 32″

Steve Coffey’s website, here.

Fortune Gallery, here.

Exhibition details, here.

Other galleries that represent his work, here.

His music site, here.

Images: Coursey of the artist

NOTE: An earlier version of this post carried the incorrect date for the exhibition, which runs through Aug. 30, 2019 (corrected)

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    • Thank you so much for commenting. The closing date was a typo, which I did not catch. The actual closing date is Aug. 30, so you have time. Very much appreciated. I have corrected the date in the post.

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