I paint images and and make objects usually in wood, but that is not a rule. My work is thoughtful, bold and nuanced and not without humour. Pieces are finished and present clear statements. Successful pieces are rewarded by conflicting interpretation of the clear statement.

In 2002 I moved to Dallas and began painting with acrylics on rough board. New to the city and the desert climate I painted the Dallas landscape. Painting on plywood with scratchy acrylics, the texture of the board seemed to capture a sense of the heat, highways and stoic oak trees.

I like painting on wood. I like the rough edges of the board framing the piece. The grain of the wood is a great resource for keeping the painting fresh and staying loose.

I began to collect a lot of wood and other found materials: Less painting and more mixed media including large scale pieces. The guitars started as a way to make ongoing versions of an original, in the tradition of print making. This process continues with laser etching.

Steve is a working artist. He has lived and worked in Toronto, Vancouver, Dallas and again in Toronto.

Steve van gelder
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