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ARTIST’S STATEMENT
My work could be described as American genre. Subjects that I explore are: tools and technology, sex roles in labor, corporate branding, and the transference of myth and archetype onto genre activities. I am intrigued by the paradox and incongruity of a contrived culture imprinted onto evolved, long-standing traditions. What interests me is the horror of the mundane, the disassociation of humans from the biophysical environment, and consequently an effort to replace or transform nature.

I like to think of paintings as interactive. The artist contributes a certain amount, but the viewer is challenged to participate in the experience. In the same way you might stare at clouds or plaster on a wall and begin to "see" images I want people to invent a narrative or story about the picture. I invite a free association that will lead viewers to a unique understanding of the image, fermented by their own identity. This is also why I leave my works untitled, to divorce text from a visual dialogue. Many of my compositions are produced using a geometric grid onto which objects and figures are placed. I strive to make adjustments and translations of colors and shapes into organized relationships within the picture.

Daniel Stepp

 

EDUCATION

1995 MFA in Painting, New York Academy of Art. Focus of work on narrative imagery. Study of anatomy, figure drawing and sculpture, direct and indirect painting techniques. Studied with Eric Fischl, Vincent Desiderio, Martha Mayer Erlebacher and Alfred Leslie.

1993 Independent study of art and art history in France, Italy, and Spain.
1990 BFA in Design, University of Florida.
1990 Study in Florence, Italy.

 

EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

2020 Solo exhibition, South of Eden, Middle Georgia State University, Macon,GA

2015 Solo Retrospective exhibition, Santa Fe Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2014 Bob Rauschenberg Gallery with John Erickson Museum of Art

2014 Mass Arts, Underground, Gainesville, FL

2013 “Re-presenting Reality” Cofrin Gallery, Oak Hall, Gainesville, FL

2013 Mass Arts, American Dream, Gainesville, FL

2012 Portrait Thomas Center, Gainesville, FL

2012 Picture/Story Thomas Center, Gainesville, FL

2012 Corpus, Doris Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2008 Baltimore Museum Cottage Industry with John Erickson Museum of Art

2007 Dietch Projects, New York City, with John Erickson Museum of Art

2007 Summer Exhibition group show at New York Academy of Art, NYC

2007 Painting included in documentary film, 2007, Harry Crews: Survival Is Triumph Enough (2007)

2006 James Baird Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada

2004 Combined Talents, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

2004 Juried Exhibition, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

2004 *Solo Exhibition, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

2003 *Solo Exhibition, Florida School of the Arts, Palatka, FL

2003 39th University of Florida Art Faculty Exhibition, Miami Design District, Miami, FL

2003 52nd Annual Juried Florida Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

2003 Group Exhibition, James Baird Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada

2002 51st Annual Juried Florida Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL -Juried by James Rondeau, Associate curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

2002 Works with Water, James Baird Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada

2002 Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL -Juried by Norman Lundin

2000 Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida Faculty Exhibition, Gainesville, FL

1997 Madelyne McConnel Gallery, West Pam Beach, FL

1997 *Solo Exhibition, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL

1995 MFA Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

1994 Scholarship Award, Posey Foundation, Sarasota, FL

1994 Exhibition of works at the College Art Association National Convention, New York, NY

 

REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

Picture/Story Catalog publication, 2012

Oxford American Best of the South 2010 Sept. 2010 pp. 107-107

Tallhassee Democrat, Feb 26, 2006

Combined Talents Catalog, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Aug, 2004

Paul Karabinas, “A Conversation with Daniel Stepp,” University of North Florida Catalog, May, 2004

Tanya Perez-Brennan, “Paintings Reveal More Than What Is On The Surface,” Florida Times Union, May 21, 2004

Interview with Newfoundland Television for exhibition at James Baird Gallery, Nov, 2003

Michael Mills, “The Jury Is In,” New Times, Jul 11, 2002

Red Clay Survey Catalog, Huntsville Museum of Art, 2002

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and may not be re-used in any way without written permission from the artist.