"My work is elemental, with a focus on nature and the forces with which humanity has to contend. I search for a distinctive atmosphere from the immensity and grandeur of the plains to the human mark etched upon it. With both a plaintive and expressive palette of light and movement I draw both from my past, a process I call "Memory Polaroids", and from the present day of all that surrounds me. My medium is oil on canvas... and a guitar."
Steve Coffey has been an integral part of the Canadian art and music scene for many years. He has curated traveling exhibitions, created large-scale public sculptures, taught college, and conducted many workshops and art residencies. After finishing his formal training in 1990 (University of Regina, Master of Fine Arts.) Steve practiced formalist metal sculpture in Edmonton & Central Alberta but eventually gave in to his love of drawing and representation and was seduced by the immediacy and challenges of oil paint. He began exploring the medium full time in 1995. Steve has exhibited extensively and his paintings can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout North America, Europe & Asia and he is represented across Canada by many well known Art Galleries.
Steve’s music has received critical acclaim over the course of ten albums to date and he and his band have performed regularly and been heard on many radio airwaves over many years, from commercial to college to frequencies in between. Steve notes such figures as Tom Thompson, Emily Carr, Alex Colville, A.Y Jackson, Bill Duma, Mike Scott, Don Van Vliet, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell for helping define his world of art & music.
Steve and his family live in the small Southern Alberta town of Vulcan.
Cows To Water In Late Light 30 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Late Winter Poles 24 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
A Prairie Sunset 20 x 40 in. Oil on canvas
The Wind Day 20 x 40 in. Oil on canvas
Late Day Poles 9 x 12 in. Oil on canvas
Late Break Up 24 x 36 in. Oil on canvas
The Prairie Haul 14 x 11 in. Oil on canvas
Morning Fields and Shack 24 x 36 in. Oil on canvas