Steve Javiel


Artist Statement

My name is Steve Javiel and I’m an artist living and working in San Francisco.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but now live and work in San Francisco. Art has always been a passion of mine; I’m trying to show the viewer that beauty can be found in places that we ordinarily wouldn’t look.

Most of my work is non-representational due to the abstraction of color, shapes, typography and forms of overlapping textures. Living in San Francisco has had a major impact on my work. Decaying walls, shipyards, industrial sites, and abandoned buildings have all been a big influence. The aging, rust and marks on these
surfaces are what I find fascinating and inspiring.

I tend to walk down by the Piers because I’m always guarantied to stumble across a surface that will catch my eye’s attention. Every time I head out, I’m always carrying my camera. I capture a variety of angles for a variety of compositions. Once I have a strong selection of photography that I can work with, it’s back to the studio to start painting.

The majority of my work is on canvas and varies in size. I enjoy working large and small—large because it tends to catch the viewer’s attention and small because it allows me to work on multiple paintings at once. I strive to create rich textured surfaces using a variety of materials such as oil, acrylic, pumice, joint compound, paper, old rusty screws and spray paint. In this way the urban textures are translated into my painting surfaces.

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