Steve Lawrence may be the hardest-working man in the Dallas art business. From his Vickery Placehome/studio/empire, Steve produces an astonishing amount of work—his color-drenched canvases have come to define the dynamic style of thriving Lower Henderson Avenue. Like a baseline that you can’t get out of your head (in this case, definitely from eighties), Steve’s work provides the visual tempo for the newly-thumping neighborhood.
To take in Steve’s influence, simply take a stroll down Henderson. Taste a boutique Malbec at Veritas Wine Room where Steve’s art hung opening night. A few doors down, Steve’s work adds fire to Franco-Mexican gem, Soley! His lush canvases look serene at chic sushi spot Tei Tei Robata. And, what would the bar at Vickery Park be without Steve’s modernist crimson, vivid orange, and deep magenta abstractions urging revelers to linger over one last nightcap? That’s just his sphere of influence close to home. Steve’s art also animates the view at The Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff and downtown’s deluxe hi-rise, The Mosaic. Currently, his work has taken up residence in one of penthouses of former Main Street bank, The Davis Building.
No doubt about it—Steve is prolific. The Dallas native has been making art on his own terms for more than 15 years amassing around 1,500 pieces. Steve's very productivity—enviable among artists—makes it look almost easy. His paintings look like beautiful accidents, belying the labor-intensive nature of his craft. For Steve, the process is as important as the product. And, he attends to every detail personally.
You won’t see Steve at Azel’s buying ready-made canvases. Board by board, he builds each frame and stretches every canvas by hand—an exhausting, sweaty, job. Even to watch. Before paintbrush ever touches the canvas, he applies layer upon layer of plaster for singular textural effects. Steve, though, is not all brute strength—he has an innate sense of composition and sophisticated spin on popular culture. High and low-brow. Steve’s deft renderings of flying saucers, colossal circus elephants, and bumblebees leave his viewers wondering who really has the last laugh.
Steve doesn’t hire handlers or pay publicists to get the word out. He tried that years ago, and does much better on his own. Welcome to Steve’s one-man show: Steve is his own best promoter, adman, and sales rep—part Andy Warhol, part P.T. Barnum. All one-of-a-kind…and, the beat goes on.
This just in: Tuesday, May 25, head to the Davis Building downtown to check out Steve's most recent renderings. DJ Spacebar will provide the sounds, Steve's got the sights covered.
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