Alexey Steele's latest masterwork - The Dawn - a nearly 7 x 16 foot oil painting that symbolizes the vastly transformative nature of our time, will be prominently featured at the LA Art Show
When Alexey Steele moved to Los Angeles in 1990 as his home country Soviet Union was about to disintegrate, his passion for large-scale figurative art based on classical tradition and inspired by his Russian Academic background seemed utterly out of place. Post Modernism seemed at the time the only viable option for a young artist thinking of serious art career.
Today, 20 years later, Los Angeles has emerged as a newly recognized leader in re-surging representational Art and it happened largely because of the effort by a relatively small but very determined group of alternative to post modernism art thinkers among which Steele quickly gained prominence.
Steele calls Los Angeles œthe Paris of the 21st century and thinks that the brooding under the radar of main stream change /of current in art today/ in the creatively combustive City of Angels closely repeats what was happening exactly one hundred years ago in the City of Lights.
Best known for his larger-than-life multi-figure compositions Steele is sharing with his fellows Angelinos his latest masterwork The Dawn - a nearly seven-by-sixteen foot oil painting that symbolizes the vastly transformative nature of our time, as a Special Presentation of the upcoming and much sought after LA Art Show 2013.
Steele is working in a style of painting he calls NOVOREALISM, the term he coined to describe the artistic effort of his own and that of his artistic comrades.
He describes NOVOREALISM as a style in contemporary realism unifying Classical Form, Academic Tonality and Realist Color within a context and sensibility of our time.
Represented by American Legacy Fine Arts, Steele thinks that the true contemporary art as the art of our time is currently a widely diverse aesthetic field with various artistic forms equally sharing common cultural plane.
œThe Dawn is conceived as an epic saga spanning the wide range of visual themes that effect our senses - Steele explains “ œThe magic, majesty and the promise of a fleeting moment just before the sun breaks through a dark horizon and when the world is filled with the glow of ever-expanding and imminently rising light. The lone modern-day Madonna invokes the singular sanctity of motherhood and of a blissful paradise, an island of love. In the midst of a dark infinite expanse are forces much beyond our control that threatens us where we do not see, but feel their presence.
The status quo of the world is crumbling all around us, yet the force of life is inextinguishable and the mystery of a new life holds the future in its hands, in fact being more powerful than all the forces of the world.
To accompany the painting the artist will introduce the viewers to his creative process by presenting two Classic Drawing Demonstrations in front of The Dawn. These are rare opportunities to witness the Master Artist at work. Two established contemporary-traditional artists - Peter Adams and Tony Pro - will serve as Steele's models for the portraits.
About LA Art Show: January 24 - 27, 2013, Los Angeles Convention Center, more info at www.laartshow.com
About Alexey Steele: Alexey Steele is a painter of The Russian Realist School known for his figurative work, Laureate of 2009 Gusi Peace Prize of the Philippines and Artemis Award in Greece, founder of Classical Underground, founder of NOVOREALISM web magazine, NOVOREALISM gallery and academy, and a Signature Member of California Art Club. For more information, please visit www.alexeysteele.com, www.novorealism.com.