Cap­tur­ing the Hu­man Spirit

Arabella - - FRONT PAGE - Writ­ten by Brett An­ning­son

"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"

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