Ideas for under the Christmas Tree!
Showing Steven Nederveen
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The son of a florist and an avid gardener, who is also painter (my mother), as well as the son of a life-long sailor (my father), I was born to love the land and the oceans.
My formal education took place at the University of Alberta, where I received a Bachelor of Design in 1995. The following year, I moved to Vancouver, where I lived between the mountains and ocean. I hiked, sailed, and I undertook a committed practice of meditation. It was during this time that I began exploring the sense of the sacred I feel in natural settings – it was impossible not to be affected. This is where I found inspiration to use painting as a means of drawing connections between the natural environment and spirituality.
Currently, I live in Ontario with Christine and our sons, Otto & Hugo. I continue to travel extensively, photographing places that feel alive to me, recording the presences there and then re-imagining that world through a combination of digital and painterly processes. By blurring the lines between photography and painting, I have developed a magical realism that I hope inspires others to see the world with enchanted eyes.
Most of the photographic elements were taken on and around Mount Baker in Washington. I spent 2 weeks last summer doing hikes up various mountains with my mom and dad. These brief visits that I spend with my parents mean a great deal to me and are usually a source of funny anecdotes. My dad's 81 now and has been an old-school outdoorsman his whole life. He surveyed a lot of northern BC and Alberta, and is full of interesting stories about wildlife encounters and difficult and dangerous manoeuvring with vehicles and helicopters. Today, his adventures are less extreme and both my parents are still outdoor enthusiasts. My dad starts his summer by sliding into a pair of rainbow coloured flip flops, (which he found and then fixed with a needle and dental floss), then packs a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and heads up the trail. My mother (75) follows at a slower pace in her soft pink and mint sweat suit (which she got in Hawaii in the 70's) and a walking stick. The scene looks completely absurd when they are traversing a washed out trail on a sheer vertical face or knee deep in a swamp, trudging their way through cat tails and fallen trees, stopping now and then to inspect some flowers or an interesting piece of wood. My dad also spends 4 months of the year living on his sailboat, navigating his way up and down the gulf islands.
I've grown up with, and adopted for myself, this wonderful ease and enjoyment from nature walks and spending time on the water. The feelings of being grounded and expansive on these outings are so rich that it's easy to make spiritual associations to it. This latest series of paintings are largely about the mystical energy of nature and revealing of a hidden magical world. I've made many of the landscape scenes less about location and more about the boundaries between reality and mystical happenings. It's like only certain people can see that another magical world co-exists with this familiar world. Most of the occurrences happen in the skies, where unusual atmospheric events and swirling energies turn familiar scenes into something other worldly. In the way that animals detect danger in the air before we do, I use flocks of birds as both messengers and bringers of these events. It's intentionally unclear if the swirling lines are flight paths of the birds or some electrical storm that has brought this other world to us. It is up to the viewer to decide what these events are about, whether they're friendly, spiritual or threatening.
In a way, I also try to capture the emotional memory of a place instead of a documentary style image. This allows for a scene to be coloured by our experience, highlighting some features while others fade away or meld into some other vague memory. In the way that our minds can fuse together different memories into one event, I've made most of my landscapes from different views along the journey, adding a path here, removing trees there.
I think the resin coating adds to the dreamlike quality of the work.
1991-95 Bachelor of Design, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
1990-91 Medicine Hat College, Fine Arts Program, Medicine Hat, AB
2016 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 Liquid Light, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2012 Half Light, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
2012 Attachment in a Floating World, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Listening, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Divine Gardens, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2010 Ebb & Flow, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Luminous Landscapes 2/Nuit Blanche, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 Land of Golden Lights, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
2009 Falling Lights/Nuit Blanche, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Henley Festival, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
2008 Luminous Landscapes 1/Nuit Blanche, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 Toronto International Airport, Contact Festival, Toronto, ON
2007 Illuminated Landscapes/Nuit Blanche, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007 Divine Creatures, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 Floating Worlds/Nuit Blanche, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 Floating 2, G+ Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 Floating 1, Gallery 401, Toronto, ON
2006 Holiday Glow, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 Christmas Show, Parts Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 Society of Canadian Artists, 38 National Competition, ON
2005 Autumn Show, Hangman Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 Junction Arts Festival, Spirit Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 Summer Heat, Praxis Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Open House, Crane Street Studios, Queens, New York, NY
2001 9-11 Emergency Show, Crane Street Studios - Queens, New York, NY
Greenspan & Humphrey, Brian and Marla Greenspan
Armani Canada, Gerry Fedak
Fitzgerald Professional Management Corp
Canvas Gallery, Mark Hunter & Megan Less
Kilgour Estates ---Gluckstien Design Planning
Picton Mahoney Asset Management, Stephanie & David Picton
Cameron Mackendrick LLB
Leslie & Joe Battle
Alex Lifeson of Rush
2007 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention in Multi-media
West Coast Homes and Design Magazine
House and Home Magazine (Spring issue)
Syndicated Interior Design TV Show: Candace Tells All - artist interview and special segment
Candice Olsen Kitchen and Bath website – artwork featured
Vancouver Sun online, video coverage of my exhibit “Ebb and Flow” at Bau-Xi Vancouver
Banff Arts Center – Boulder Pavement Online Magazine, ssue 4 – 2011 – Interview
Eyes In Magazine, issue 3, page 39, full page article
Interior Design TV Show: Divine Design
Steven and Chris Home Decor Show Online:
Top Home Décor Trends of 2008”, featuring “Falling Lights Near Stream”
Hello! Magazine - January, “Sarah’s Personal”: featuring “Koi With Falling Lights”
Canadian House and Home Magazine - December, “City Living” featuring “Illuminated Landscape”
National Post, twice with Nathalie Atkison, featuring several paintings
Now Magazine, November, “What’s Hot”, featuring “Illuminated Tiger”
ART MAG Gallery Guide, Canvas Gallery Ad, features “Koi In Weeds”
Globe and Mail, “Wish List”, Sarah Richardson, “Koi on Divine Blue”
Toronto Arts Coalition, Christmas Newsletter
Cityline with Marilyn Dennis, “The art of Hanging” featuring “Koi In Floating Pond”
Cityline, Home & Garden Online article, “The Big Picture” by Lisa Rogers, featuring “Koi in Floating Pond”
Interior Design TV Show; Divine Design, 3 episodes, features several works
2007 Juror, Artscapes Queen West Outdoor Art Show
2007 Visiting Artist Residency, Artscapes Gibraltar Point