Capturing the Human Spirit
"When I was 10," Steve remembers, "my uncle gave me an old set of oils. There weren't any brushes so I painted with a toothpick. I painted a tree with hundreds of leaves. I remember hearing people saying ‘ooh and awe’....i was addicted." Steve Tracy has been defined as being part inexorable raw human spirit and part constant technical innovation. Perhaps more than anything else, it is his personality that drives his painting, which he describes as being a daily mirror of his self. He is an explorer, both of the internal and external worlds, having been constantly driven towards his passion. Born in San Jose, California in 1953, Steve grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He was painting since 10, but it was in his twenties that art took centre stage. He moved to SOHO, in New York City in the early 1970s and as he puts it, "dived into the abyss of the Big Apple sub culture, studying Jazz, French and Art." "There were those ‘I’ll never forget’ moments," he recalls, "attending Robert Mapplethorpe studio parties, meeting Andy Warhol, seeing Bob Dylan walking down the street with groceries from the Union market. I used to live at this really cool SOHO address, next door to John Lennon and Yoko Ono and I remember talking to Yoko Ono on the phone."
previous spread, Enchanted Moment, mixed-media on canvas, 40" x 60"