I am inspired by the human ability to connect. I don’t know if this is exclusive to us and not other animals but I believe it is what makes us special. We have this innate ability to empathize, sympathize or feel for literally anything. It doesn’t have to be physical, we even get invested in concepts,I explore this in my paintings. Focusing on spirituality, mysticism, sociology, and interpersonal dynamics as well as my own personal struggles. My work is modernist and representational, I like seeing the marks build up to make something. Using acrylic paint on either wood or canvas I make absurd or strange scenes mixed with personal symbols and well-known symbols to make paintings that are familiar but coded. I had a 10-year depression growing up, from 12 to 22 I was a suicidal mess of a person. I hated myself and never tried to grow or figure out who I am or how I can fit into the world.

 

Just now am I starting to try to figure out what I am and the responsibility of being human. Reality is just a suggestion at the end of the day. So I use many sizes of canvas, use many different techniques, and take references from everywhere. My work aims to show how I feel about the world and I hope it sparks ideas of personal change and open-mindedness in viewers.

Education 

2017 - 2020

Herberger Institute, ASU

Awards 

2020

Art Room Gallery Finalist

2020

2014

2013

Prisma Art Finalist 

Jurors Choice, Ascending Artists Reward

Presidential Scholarship, Mesa Community College

Exhibitions 

Solo

2020

"Steven Allison", ART ONE GALLERY

Group

2020

2020

2019

2019

Harry Wood Gallery, Dualities BFA

Harry Wood Gallery, ABBA Art Show

West Wall Gallery, Mapping the Figure

Emerging Artists Show,  SAACA Private Gallery

2018

Unexpected Gallery, Chocolate and Arts Show

2014

Herberger Theater, Ascending Artists Show

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