Pat Steir Locks Gallery Two Reds

Two Reds, 2013

oil on canvas

84 x 84 inches 

Pat Steir Locks Gallery Little Snowstorm

Little Snowstorm, 2006

oil on canvas

72 x 72 inches 

Pat Steir Locks Gallery White Over Green, Red and Gold

White Over Green, Red and Gold, 2011

oil on canvas

60 x 50 inches 

Pat Steir Locks Gallery White and Black Diptych with White Splash

White and Black Diptych with White Splash, 2009

oil on canvas, diptych

58 x 96 inches 

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

White Moon Edge, 2006
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Molly's Summer Moon Beam, 2006
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

White Moon Beam Split, 2006
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

White Moon Mist, 2006
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

White Moon Heart, 2006
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

White Moon Abyss, 2006
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Gold and Silver Moon Beam, 2006
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Eclipse of Sun, 2007
oil on canvas
127 x 109 1/4 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Pink, 2007
oil on canvas
127 1/4 x 109 1/4 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Yellow and Blue, 2009
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

White Splash on Black, Black Splash on White, 2009
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Spectrum Painting, 2009
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

So Long Red, Yellow and Blue, 2009
oil on canvas
92 x 131 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Red and Blue, 2009
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Pencil Painting with Red, Yellow, and Silver, 2009
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Black and Gold #2, 2009
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Winter Group 7: Red in the Middle with Blue, 2010
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Winter Group 14: Red, White and Blue, 2010
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Forest in Snow, 2010
oil on canvas
127 1/4 x 109 1/4 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

White Over Indigo, Blue and Green, 2011
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Paynes Grey Over Red and Indigo Over Green, 2011
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Paynes Grey and Naples Yellow Over Green, 2011
oil on canvas
72 x 72 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Two Naples Yellow, 2013
oil on linen
62 x 62 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

For Philadelphia Two, 2013
oil on linen
62 x 62 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

For Philadelphia One, 2013
oil on linen
62 1/4 x 62 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

For Philadelphia Three, 2013
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Silver and Silver and Silver and White, 2014
oil on canvas
96 x 96 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Red and Red, 2014
oil on canvas
96 x 96 inches
Collection of the Hood Museum of Art

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Pink and Blue, 2014
oil on canvas
62 x 51 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Green, Gold and Silver with Red Line, 2014
oil on canvas
58 x 58 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Green and Gold 1, 2014
oil on linen
60 x 50 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Gold and Gold, 2014
oil on canvas
96 x 96 inches

Pat Steir Locks Gallery

Blue and Blue, 2014
oil on canvas
84 x 84 inches

Artist Bio

Pat Steir is an acclaimed figure in contemporary art history, known for her wall drawings and signature style of abstract painting. These works are an amalgamation of a deeply personal range of art historical references, at once material explorations but also spiritual, philosophical, and poetic ones. In the studio she pours, splashes, throws, and drips paint onto vertically hung un-stretched canvases. Steir’s practice embraces chance as a conceptual backbone for her work; the paintings form themselves through gravity and transform their own palette through the chemistry of the paint layers.

Associated with Conceptual Art and Minimalism and through a close study of Eastern painting, Steir’s contemporary process was developed in the 1980’s with her acclaimed Waterfall paintings. Her early work explored floral motifs often combined with a grid or color field, blurring the dichotomy between abstract and figurative work. Steir continues to self-reflexively explore the grand history of painting in her work. In these early pieces she would sometimes utilize overt references to specific art historical gestures and styles in her depiction of flowers, sometimes negating the image with a cross in a conceptual interrogation of iconography.

After developing her iconic Waterfall series where “gravity makes the image”, Steir continued exploring the fluidity of paint with various influences from landscape painting and increasingly subtle washes of paint pours. Starting in the mid 2000’s she began making split canvases that meet at the center in a kind of “zip”—playing off of Barnett Newman’s signature style, a process she continues to develop today. Often these works paradoxically evoke a deep space and call attention to their own flat materiality, a product of the systematic series of paint pours and chance-based chemistry. Moreover, this represents her own conceptual interests akin to Chinese painting, which embody binaries in order to form a harmonious whole.

Born in 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, Pat Steir’s work is now thoroughly represented in major museum collections in the United States and in many international institutions. The artist currently lives and works in New York and Amsterdam and has been the focus of numerous solo museum exhibitions and site-specific wall installations. Steir was the recipient of a Guggenheim Artist’s Fellowship (1981), a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant (1973), an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from Pratt Institute (1991) and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston Unviersity (2001). She is a founding board member of Printed Matter bookshop in New York, and the landmark feminist journal, Heresies. Her work is included in major public collections around the world, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, CA; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Tate Gallery, London; the walker Art Center, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.