Welcoming Steve R. Coffey to the West End Gallery!
June 18, 20201 min read
Steve R. Coffey and his daughter Grace delivered a new collection of oil paintings to the West End Gallery in Edmonton last week. We are happy to announce that Steve is now a member of our gallery in Edmonton and Victoria!
Steve R. Coffey has always thought of the prairies as a place loaded with visual intricacies. Throughout his travels, he has found that there is simply no light like that of the Canadian prairies. Further describing his relationship with the light of the Canadian prairies, Steve states:
“I feel that a human being is both dwarfed and defined within this light. I use human elements as both a romantic and metaphorical signal. Not for a sense of aloneness, but rather as an individual existing under the vast sky. My paintings are mental snapshots. I’ll see something that strikes me, file it away in my head and draw on it as I return to my studio. These files I call ‘Memory Polaroids.” - Steve R. Coffey
Steve R. Coffey has been an essential part of the Canadian art and music scene for many years. Coffey has exhibited throughout North America, Europe and Asia and is represented in Canada and the United States by many well-known art galleries. His artwork hangs in numerous private and public collections.
This documentary resulted from an unexpected encounter between a painter and a young filmmaker. The idea of carrying out a magnificent project came from their first exchange. Without a budget and funding, simply for the love of art, these two artists wanted to express a familiar feeling: The desire to be an artist.
He takes it all in from the perspective of a passerby. Compositions are caught on the run. Momentary scenes of which the recollection contains only the essential. They are spontaneous - not to say improvised, as Robert captures many familiar locations in Montréal. It is a free-style, remembering a place in how it once was or should be, in one's mind with a hint of mischief.