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Steven Nederveen

Steven Nederveen


Steven Nederveen's work focuses on the transcendent exploration of the symbiotic relationship with nature. Nederveen's prowess in capturing the essence of seascapes and oceanic realms is unparalleled. His brush becomes a conduit for conveying the grandeur and fluidity of the ocean, elevating the depiction of waves to a mesmerizing crescendo of photorealistic brilliance.Nederveen unveils a captivating dichotomy. Beneath the ostensibly positive and uplifting veneer of his nature scenes lies a contemplative darkness—a subtle exploration of the intricate complexities of our coexistence with the environment. This heightened effect corresponds to our own yearning for more, wanting to be at one with nature, to control it, to be moved by it, to tame it.

Nederveen's paintings serve as a reflection of our collective yearning to harmonize with nature, to assert dominion over it, and yet, paradoxically, to succumb to its untamed allure. His art becomes a mirror to our aspirations, a journey through the duality of seeking control and surrendering to the inexorable forces of the wild.The fusion of photorealistic precision with profound thematic depth positions his creations at the intersection of aesthetic brilliance and intellectual engagement.

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Steven Nederveen's art centers on the ever-changing relationship we share with nature, a connection that often oscillates between admiration and devastation. Beneath the overtly positive and uplifting depictions of natural landscapes, there lies a subtle exploration of the darker facets of the human psyche. His representations of oceans and forests are idealized, emanating an inner radiance that burns with intensity. This heightened effect reflects our own yearning for a deeper connection with nature, a desire to both harness and be moved by its power, ultimately revealing the complexity of our bond with the natural world.

After receiving his Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta, the Canadian artist moved to Vancouver where he lived between the mountains and ocean, undertaking a committed practice of meditation as well as hiking and sailing. Nederveen combines painting and photography to express the complex relationship we have with the natural environment. He travels extensively to photograph landscapes around the world. He looks for either quiet moments in a dramatic scene or dramatic moments in quiet scenes.

Printing these images at canvas size, he then starts the slow process of concealing and revealing areas with acrylic paint, mixing impasto techniques with splatters and scrapes, often leaving just a small area of a photo remaining. He uses meditation and time spent in nature to inform his images, finding a language to express the connection between inner and outer worlds. These mixed media paintings blur the lines of realism and experience, photography and painting.
 

Steven Nederveen's art centers on the ever-changing relationship we share with nature, a connection that often oscillates between admiration and devastation. Beneath the overtly positive and uplifting depictions of natural landscapes, there lies a subtle exploration of the darker facets of the human psyche. His representations of oceans and forests are idealized, emanating an inner radiance that burns with intensity. This heightened effect reflects our own yearning for a deeper connection with nature, a desire to both harness and be moved by its power, ultimately revealing the complexity of our bond with the natural world.

After receiving his Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta, the Canadian artist moved to Vancouver where he lived between the mountains and ocean, undertaking a committed practice of meditation as well as hiking and sailing. Nederveen combines painting and photography to express the complex relationship we have with the natural environment. He travels extensively to photograph landscapes around the world. He looks for either quiet moments in a dramatic scene or dramatic moments in quiet scenes.

Printing these images at canvas size, he then starts the slow process of concealing and revealing areas with acrylic paint, mixing impasto techniques with splatters and scrapes, often leaving just a small area of a photo remaining. He uses meditation and time spent in nature to inform his images, finding a language to express the connection between inner and outer worlds. These mixed media paintings blur the lines of realism and experience, photography and painting.
 

EXHIBITIONS

2022 "Golden Glimmers", Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

2020-23 Artplex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019 Art Toronto, ON 

“Moments of Intrigue”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

“Between the Moon and Sun”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Holiday Show Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Art Toronto, ON 

2018 Art Toronto, ON

“Light Play”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

“Atmospheres”, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Holiday Show, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto/Vancouver

2017 Art Toronto, ON

“Under Clear Skies”, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

“Something in the Air”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON

“Nature Transforms”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2016 Art Toronto, ON

“A Temperature Nature”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2015 “Indigo Haze”, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

“Valley of a Thousand Chateaux”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2014 “Liquid Light”, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB

2013 “Spectrum”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto

2012 “Half Light”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver

2011 “Land of Golden Lights”, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, NY

“Listening”, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver

2010 Art Toronto, ON


AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2018        Juror, Telus Brain Project, Toronto

2017        Created painting for the Canadian Embassy in Iceland

2007        Juror, Artscapes Queen West Outdoor Art Show, Toronto

2007        Visiting Artist Residency, Artscapes Gibraltar Point, Toronto