Artist Reception: December 14th, 2016, 6pm
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Curated by Katerina Lanfranco
Slate.com and Trestle Gallery are pleased to present Steven Nedboy’s solo exhibition Poetic License at the Slate.com NYC headquarters at Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.
Steven Nedboy works exclusively in a square format, because it creates a neutral background for pictorial space. He creates layered and colorful oil paintings with wax medium on both linen and canvas. The paintings are based on oil pastels drawings. These are used for inspiration for the larger oil paintings, and at times translated into digital interpretations that are produced at a larger scale. Working with oil pastels allows Nedboy to explore color relationships, texture, atmosphere, and space in the image. Converting the spontaneous surface and atmospheric qualities of the oil pastels into deliberate oil paintings is the starting point of these artworks. However the results are seductive surfaces with various types of paint applications and rhythmic patterns and all-over abstractions, or strong figure ground dynamics.
Music is an important part of the artist’s creative process, particularly jazz. Nedboy listens to the greats: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington. Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Clark, and many others. The rhythms and emotions of these artists help propel and inspire his creative process.
Influences include: Mark Rothko, Willem DeKooning, Barnett Newman, Arshile Gorky, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Eduard Degas, Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers, Jake Berhot, and Licio Isolani at Pratt Institute for sculpture and foundry teaching.
Steven Nedboy earned his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York, (1982). And his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York where he studied with Isolani Licio (1974).
Mr. Nedboy grew up in Brooklyn New York and attended the high school of Art and Design, where he majored in Architecture. He then attended New York City Technical College earning an Associate in Art and Advertising Design. Afterwards he attended Pratt Institute studying sculpture, figure, and mold-making, including bronze casting at the Pratt foundry, as well as printmaking and painting, earning a BFA, Bachelor of Fine Art. He attended Hunter College, studying painting, and printmaking, earning a MFA, Master of Fine Art. His career has varied in many artistic areas, including painting and digital drawing, making sculpture for other artists, creating sculptural signs, textile designer, and brownstone restorations. He currently lives in New York City.