Seattle, WA, United States
About Steve Veatch
Born 1957, George Air Force Base, California. Lives and works in Seattle, Washington.THE OBLIGATORY ARTIST STATEMENT I want, need and fear people. These are the axes upon which my work turns. But I admit that my work reflects difficulty in indicating the marvelous and beautiful of people, so people must be aestheticized by my work. Still, something there is grand in humanity, or I would not make art. With those axes, I struggle against the literal image that saturates our lives by introducing poetic elements of chance and paring some referential fat. My images are sometimes from direct observation, but they are often found or original photographs. I project upon these images my sensibilities of beauty, humor, loneliness, anger, anxiety, depression, decay, mortality. I want to be direct as a hammer. My hope is that these are conveyed with pleasing paint handling. The images are further modified by art materials mutability in an embrace of chaos and control, luck and intention: I like to gamble. For example, I use media in ways encouraging risky development, pushed to acceptance or rejection: water media on paper with aleatory flow and buckling, and etching ink mixed with alkyd and oil paints. With etching ink and oils, the resulting properties allow flow while worked upright, but the surface continues to break up while horizontal. Again, gambling. Gambling reflecting our actions and luck in life. The best definition I know of for intuition has it as "the rich distillation of experience". I trust intuition to coordinate with these techniques and sensibilities, resulting in something better than anything done with fastidious control.
843 Hiawatha Place South #211 Seattle WA 98144 206.517.7996 email@example.com EDUCATION 1999 MFA in Painting, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago Studied under Candida Alvarez, Susanna Coffey, Ted Halkin, Arturo Herrera, Jim Nutt, Frank Piatek, Ray Yoshida. 1995 The International School of Art, Umbria, Italy Studied under Nic Carone, Andrew Forge, Bruce Gagnier. 1986 BFA in Painting, Colorado State University 2007 Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2010 Steve Veatch: Recent Work, Hiawatha Artspace Gallery, Seattle 1997 Clean, Well Lit Windows, Project 416, Seattle SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2011 Samson Projects, Boston Massachusetts 2010 Artspace Gallery, Seattle Washington 2009 Kulture Klash, Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina 2008 Living With Doom, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, Washington 2004 Live Nude Goats, Art Not Terminal, Seattle 2003 Heaven and Hell, Kuhlman, Seattle Plinth II, Gulassa, Seattle 2002 LAVA 2002, Noodleworks, Seattle First War of the New Millennium, S.O.I.L., Seattle Live Nude Goats, OSEA Studios, Seattle 2001 Kustom Purse, Kuhlman, Seattle Faux Naturale, The Fuzzy Engine, Seattle Mania, The Fuzzy Engine, Seattle 2000 Look Both Ways, The Fuzzy Engine The El Camino Effect, The Fuzzy Engine 1999 More, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle Center. Nippon 6, part 2, Nippon Steel USA headquarters, Chicago 1998 New Artists in Chicago, The Chicago Arts Coalition, Chicago Nippon 6, part 1, Nippon Steel USA headquarters, Chicago 1997 The Northwest International, Whatcom Art Museum, Bellingham, Washington 1996 Four, Project 416, Seattle 1995 Thirty-Eight by Fifty, The Wonderful World of Art, Seattle Plus or Minus Seventeen, The Wonderful World of Art Dark's Art Parlour, Los Angeles 1994 The Puget Area Exhibition, The Frye Art Museum, Seattle The New Degenerates, The Caged Chameleon, Los Angeles 1993 The Puget Area Exhibition, The Frye Art Museum, Seattle 1992 The Puget Area Exhibition, The Frye Art Museum, Seattle 1992 Eastside Association of Fine Arts 16th annual juried show, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, Washington 1991 Bumbershoot Invitational Self-Portrait show, Seattle Center, Seattle 1987 Power Plant Visual Arts Center, Fort Collins Colorado 1986 Lloyd's Aartvaark, Fort Collins BIBLIOGRAPHY Veatch, Steve KNOCK #10, The Dead Friends Issue, pages 94-95. Seattle: Antioch University, fall 2008, ISSN 1551 5931 Veatch, Steve One Shot 2007, Seattle: Visual Codec, 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0-9794058-0-8, ISBN-10: 0-9794058-0-7 Fahey, Anna. West Coast Reviews, Art Papers, September-October, 2002 Hall, Emily. "Pay Attention, Please." The Stranger, May 30-June 5, 2002 Fahey, Webb, and Rhonda Howard. LAVA 2002, pages 134-137. Seattle: THREAD, 2002. Farr, Sheila. "Rampant energy drives show at Fuzzy Engine." The Seattle Times, April 20, 2001 Hall, Emily. "Now with goats." The Stranger, February 1, 2001 Hackett, Regina. "Young artists give grim views of a slippery world." The Seattle Union Record. December 13, 2000 Hall, Emily. "CAREFUL!" The Stranger. December 7, 2000 Fahey, Anna. "Nothing subtle 'bout these variations on a theme." The Seattle Weekly, November 23-29, 2000 Kurtz, Katie J. "Exhibit intrigues by playing it safe." The Seattle Times. November 17, 2000 Hall, Emily. "That's Absurd!." The Stranger. October 5, 2000 Hackett, Regina. "Fuzzy Engine revs up its internal contradictions." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. September 27, 2000 Burkman, Greg. Art Access, April 1995 Curtis, Kathy. "Exhibitions Wander Through Once-Taboo Territory." The Los Angeles Times. May 3rd, 1994 "Paintings." Exhibition. Bainbridge Island Arts Council. Spring/Summer 1993, pages 20-21 AWARDS AND GRANTS 1997-1999 Tuition Grants, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago 1996 Artist Trust GAP grant 1992 Pelican Bay Foundation General Support Grant. Second Place, Frye Art Museum Puget Area Exhibit
Future Shows: My collage, Give Me Today And I Will Take Tomorrow, has been featured in a book published by Visual Codec in March 2007. visualcodec.com