We are honored to be presenting and offering for sale Clintel's paintings. Coinciding with the wonderful First Friday events in Philadelphia, we are thrilled to be premiering our event space with the powerful paintings of Clintel Steed. This inaugural exhibition, inventory, c. steed, will feature paintings spanning Clintel's artistic career in New York City from 2001 up to the present day.
Clintel Steed is an American artist living and working in New York City who holds a BFA in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Indiana University and completed Advanced Studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. “My work is about being alive really. I am an African American male who was born in 1977. When you look at the history and the time I was born, a lot of things were happening. It was not just the end of the hippie period and the beginning of the club phase - which I believe me and my generation were feeling the residue of - it was not just about the party.” Born in 1977 and raised in a devoutly Pentecostal Christian household in Utah, Clintel’s childhood centered around the church. This devotion prominently figures in his work to this day as an exploration of moments, feelings, situations and experiences through art. “The battle between good and evil, heaven and hell was preached all the time. This struggle is still within me, the lust for money and the battle for power.”
This exhibition, inventory, c. steed, will present Clintel’s work in today’s social context. Clintel describes this as, “An inventory is your past and present leading into your own future. And we are living in a jumbled up chaotic time that is lacking a consistency. This exhibition offers glimpses and moments of my life, a catalogue of my brain and my emotions.”
“Painting is being open to what’s around you. But you are imagining, you are coming up with an idea, and you give in to ideas. It is always a push and pull. To me it’s like the computers. It’s the opportunity to make something epic. You ride the wave of the text until you get to the moment. The way we live life right now is that there is a lot of jumbling. Everything becomes fractured. Like how music now is different from what it was in the 1980s. Then, every song was five minutes. There was time to take a breath. Now they are all 2-3 minutes, and that seems long. But, I was reading this book about the sublime. The sublime is now. I think that everybody, when they are making a painting, is trying to be in the sublime: that moment when they are not thinking, but in the present.” - Clintel Steed
April 7th through April 16th. Opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, April 7th 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Exhibition and sale of paintings by Clintel Steed - inventory, c. steed.
August 4th through August 13th. Opening reception for the sale is Friday, August 4th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Exhibition and sale of paintings under $1500 from 20th Century by HKFA - affordable art show by hkfa.