Steven ORNER

The art of Steven Orner is a kind of a tale, portraying different aspects of an imaginary American Suburb. For several years, the Artist explores utopia and its opposed concept: dystopia. Figurative, his artworks are structured as interrupted stories/legends, or suspended where forms and fragments are often presented as settings.

Inspired by the American « Suburbs », Orner draws a portrait, sometimes disturbing, of these residential suburbs that, within the collective imaginary, represent the pursuit of futile perfection. Appearances are, from time to time, misleading within this work that reveals to the attentive viewer amazing and unexpected details, mixing the comfortable reality of a residential area with science fiction.

His most recent paintings offer, a series of fragments, derived from modern popular imagery of the American Culture of the Fifties and Sixties; caricatures, landscapes and architectural elements, are removed from their context and integrated in a holdover universe. Textures and tones are mixed, in transparence, watered down colors – or even dazzling ones – reveal an art that holds ancient and contemporary characteristics, simultaneously.

Sometimes, the Artist portrays himself in his visual exposures. In so doing, he allows us to accede to this new overwhelming and intriguing reality.

Poetic and symbolic, the authentic sense of the sites and objects is constantly transformed in the art of Orner, offering the spectator a eccentric universe where make-believe, modern and contemporary critic, poetry and fiction are questioned with, needless to say, a touch of humor and mystery.

Steven Orner was born in the United States and resides since 15 years in Montréal. Bachelor of Arts of The Maryland Institute College of Art and he holds a Master in painting and engraving from the renowned Yale University School of Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Since several years, the Artist dedicates himself to his pictorial practice. He has been the subject of numerous solo as well as group exhibitions, in diverse surroundings: Musée des beaux-arts du Mont-Saint-Hilaire (2010); also in the United States, Paris, Berlin. Acknowledged Recipient from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, in 2008, and also from The Canada Council for the Arts, in 2009 and 2012, his artworks are part of public and private collections, in Montréal and New York. He also was honored with other prizes, in particular from the prestigious Schoelkoptf Travelling Fellowship Prize from Yale University.

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Artworks marked with a “*” are available but not in gallery.

Boys lost and found, 2019

Boys lost and found, 2019

Techniques mixtes sur papier, 56 x 76 cm

Growth in the soil, 2020

Growth in the soil, 2020

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

Hunters and Collectors, 2019

Hunters and Collectors, 2019

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

I have a recurrent dream, 2018

I have a recurrent dream, 2018

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

Rescue, 2020

Rescue, 2020

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

Just up the Coast, 2020

Just up the Coast, 2020

Techniques mixtes sur papier, 56 x 76 cm

Telling fact from fiction, 2020

Telling fact from fiction, 2020

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

* Code inside a Code, 2020

* Code inside a Code, 2020

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

* Deep Sleep, 2020

* Deep Sleep, 2020

Huile et acrylique sur toile, 102 x 76 cm

* Feeding time, 2020

* Feeding time, 2020

Huile sur toile, 102 x 76 cm

* Long Summer Day, 2020

* Long Summer Day, 2020

Techniques mixtes sur papier, 56 x 76 cm

* Looking for Satellites, 2019

* Looking for Satellites, 2019

Acrylique et huile sur toile, 137 x 122 cm

* Morning Epiphany, 2020

* Morning Epiphany, 2020

Huile et acrylique sur toile, 102 x 76 cm

* Neighborhood watch, 2020

* Neighborhood watch, 2020

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

New Picnic Time, 2019

New Picnic Time, 2019

Acrylique et huile sur toile, 137 x 122 cm

* One Fine Day, 2020

* One Fine Day, 2020

Huile et acrylique sur toile, 102 x 76 cm

* Oops wrong planet, 2020

* Oops wrong planet, 2020

Huile sur toile, 102 x 76 cm

* Praying to the Aliens, 2020

* Praying to the Aliens, 2020

Technique mixte sur papier, 56 x 76 cm

* Prospectors, 2020

* Prospectors, 2020

Huile sur toile, 102 x 76 cm

* The Flat Earth, 2020

* The Flat Earth, 2020

Technique mixte sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

* The nature of things, 2019

* The nature of things, 2019

Technique mixte sur papier, 56 x 76 cm

* Twilight swim, 2019

* Twilight swim, 2019

Acrylique et huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

* When the earth was flat, 2020

* When the earth was flat, 2020

Technique mixte sur papier, 76 x 56 cm

* When things get complicated, 2019

* When things get complicated, 2019

Techniques mixtes sur papier, 56 x 76 cm

* Show and Tell, 2018

* Show and Tell, 2018

Huile sur papier, 76 x 56 cm