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Flowing Abstractions: Art by Steven J. Simmons


A mixed media abstract work with bright blue and yellow tones79th St. Transcendence, acrylic, tempera, epoxy resin and fiberglass on canvas

Steven J. Simmons specializes in flowing abstractions and three-dimensional works. Deep, electric blues and crashing waves are common motifs in the artist’s recent works.

 

A small sculpture of a curling blue waveWave of the Wale Tail, acrylic, styrofoam and fiberglass on canvas

A self-taught artist, Steven’s work is informed by his childhood enjoyment of painting, as well as a more recent hobby: surfing. The artist uses various resins and epoxies in his art, stating that his interest in these materials developed alongside his learning to construct and repair surfboards. The use of these materials, in conjunction with more traditional media like acrylic paint, lead to interestingly layered visuals that have wonderfully shiny, tactile surfaces.

 

A screen capture of Steven J. Simmons' art websitewww.stevenjsimmons.com

 

In his three-dimensional works, Steven frequently utilizes epoxy as well as Styrofoam and fiberglass to create prismatic shapes, sculpted waves, and sculptures with kinetic elements and lights. These sculptures have a unique playfulness to them, and the texture invites closer observation.  The bright colors and geometric forms a reminiscent of the works of Magali Hébert-Huot.


A small painting of black forms on an orange backgroundTsunami Conference Call, acrylic on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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