John Maxwell-Steele

John Maxwell-Steele

John Steele is a Midlands based artist working out of his studio near Birmingham. Having originally trained and worked in graphics, his desire for self-expression drove him to retain as an artist. Having spent several years studying in both the Midlands and Cornwall, his paintings focus on the interplay between time, nature and the land. Inspired by the big skies and amazing sea and environments that surround him, his work distills the essence of a scene simplifying it into graphic lines and which fossilises gossamer light layers of time into a richly sedimented emotional landscape creating a meditative, dreamlike space.

This series of graphic pieces turns the focus away from the macro-environment of weather on land and considers the micro-environment of man’s interaction with his environment. These pieces are vibrant, energetic and colourful. They shout out to be noticed.

Yet his method of production is remarkably similar to his larger dreamscapes. Each canvas has layers of built up and scrubbed away over many weeks to create a ground steeped in the history his thoughts for that painting. These layers created using many media, including commercial paint, acrylics, varnishes, and washes which all compete to leave their impression. Brushes rarely touch the canvas in this process. Finally when the surface is ready, he makes his final dramatic statement using only a couple of brush strokes to complete the work.

Exhibiting since the 1990s. John’s work is regularly shown in London, the Midlands the Home Counties and abroad.

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