Friday, November 16, 2007
12 Beds of Christmas - Brandon Steen Bed
Born to Irish parents, Brandon’s dark childhood continues to influenece his artistic development. He took great comfort in exploring the fields behind his Nan’s and the marshes down at this Gram’s. It was places such as these that the young Brandon found solace in harvesting dew worms, studying decaying birds and watching carp literally kill themselves on the east beaches of Lake Erie during run seasons. Being isolated in small towns through the summer enabled Brandon’s imagination to grow into the imaginary worlds of sadness and humor.
His paintings are rich, textured home to an array of sinisterly beautiful characters and creatures woven together with pop references from his boyhood. This has led the award winning artist to be collected and sought after by the preeminent US galleries in the Pop Surrealist movement today. Galleries such as La Luz De Jesus (LA), Subject Matter (Costa Mesa), Thinkspace (LA), Compound (Portland), WindUp (Phoenix), Gallery 1988 LA (LA), to La Petit Mort (Ottawa) to The Magic Pony Gallery (Toronto) to name just a few.
Brandon Steen was born in Leamington, Ontario. He currently lives and works in Hogtown with his beloved Miss Jane where he paints happiest with his English Bull Terrier Mr. Séamus at his heels amongst the ever growing rows of vinyl sculptures, antique toys and honey tins, books, and the ashes of Clancy his first English Bull Terrier and always his studio filled with the sweet music of Johnny Cash.