Again, my favorite living artist.
What is it about Steel's Art that I love? Everything. In particular,
his unbounded imagination that touches me personally. And his mastery
of technique is a pleasure to behold. There's a lot in his work.
Just look around his paintings, and see what he sees. (Yes, that's
a lightning strike in the sky in this one.) See, his symbols are
realistic, not symbolism for the sake of symbolism, like much that
one sees in say Dali's work. The overwhelming feeling I get from
Steel's work is a world that holds one's interest. Beyond his overall
skill in composition, color harmony, human anatomy--he knows all
this, but he goes beyond technical skill. He deals in details. Imagine
"The Gold Diggers" without the lightning strike. He knows
what to include, and I happen to know from conversations with him,
what to omit--this toughness of knowing what to omit is, in my own
experience, the hardest thing an artist has to choose. Marvin Steel's
paintings exhibit the mark of all the greatness of a real artist.