Nick Steinmetz (2002)

Nicholas C. Steinmetz

Steinmetz received a Tree of Life Individual Artist Grant in 2002 to create a digital archive of his work. 

Thoughts on Painting

I am committed to the deep, deep background of mind from which we understand pattern. My recognition patterns have been modified by the pressures of electronic media, e.g. radio, sonar, scanline computer enhanced photos, slow and high speed motion pictures and extravagant enlargements; all these influence and extend natural perception, and in my art they become language. For instance, while listening to music, I actually see forms or webs of shapes, some of which have closure, some of which are raw and open but suggest closure. While reading Joseph Conrad, I see (literally see) an abstract pattern rising out of description.

Biography

Education

1966

California State University, Sacramento, B. A.

1969

California State University, Sacramento, M. A.

Solo Exhibitions

1969

Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Thesis Exhibition

1974

Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Painting, Drawing and Photography

1975

Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Painting

1976

Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Painting (review)

1977

Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Painting

1984

Chan Elliot Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Painting

1985

Bank of America World Headquarters Building, Plaza Gallery, S.F., Painting

1987

Exploratorium, San Francisco, Conference Room Gallery, Works on Paper

Two-Person Exhibitions

1971

Art Company, Sacramento, CA, (Steinmetz and Jim Stewart) Sculpture and Photography

1973

Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA, (Steinmetz and Jim Stewart) Photo projected environment, Jack Ogden (actor)

1976

Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA, (Steinmetz and Ingrid Lunquist) Drawing and Painting

Group Exhibitions

1974

Anopholes Invitational, Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1975

Anopholes Invitational, Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1977

Anopholes Invitational, Le Sahuc Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1981

Fifty Sacramento Artists, Open Ring Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1982

Anopholes Invitational, Open Ring Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1983

Cowtown Invitational, Chan Elliot Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1985

Cowtown Invitational, Djurovich Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1986

Art Bridge, City Gallery, Kobe, Japan, Group Show, West Coast and Kobe

1988

40th Anniversary Exhibition, California State University, Sacramento, CA

1991

Contemporary Painting, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

1993

Site Bytes, 90’s Abstract Painting, Archival Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1995

One of a Kind, Painting, Mills College, Oakland, CA

2001

Studio Visit, Drawing, Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Commissions and Awards

1978

Awarded a $6000 commission by the City of Sacramento to create a mural

1964

Second Prize, Graphics, California State Fair

1967

First Prize, Mixed Media, NCA Open Competition, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1968

Kingsley Art Competition, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1970

First Prize, Sculpture, NCA Open Competition, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1971

Kingsley Art Competition, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1972

Kingsley Art Competition, Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA

1974

Best of Show, Drawing, Camellia Exhibition, Sacramento, CA

1974

Best of Show, Drawing, St. John’s Religious Art Show

1974

First Prize, Oil Painting, Cal Expo

1977

Third Prize, Oil Painting, Cal Expo

Nominations

1993

By John Caldwell for SECA Award in Painting (Semi-Finalist)

1993

By Phil Linhares, Fleishhacker Foundation Fellowship, (Finalist)