“Steve Huston: Blue Collar”
October 20 – November 23, 2004
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 23, 2004 5-7pm

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery (Downtown)
7 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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Steve Huston, “The Cleaning Crew”, 2004, oil on canvas, 48" x 72".

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery announces an exhibition of new works by painter Steve Huston entitled “Blue Collar.”  Huston’s newest cycle of paintings is an inquiry into the American work ethic and its attendant traits of sacrifice, self-reliance and individuality.  The works portray the strength and grace of day laborers and workers.  Huston’s energetic brushwork captures the light upon and movement of the human figure in action.

Huston combines influences from Renaissance compositional, the mood of the American Tonalists, and the linear iconography of that pop American art form – the comic book.  His work has received critical recognition nationally, and in 2003 he received the Gold Medal at the California Art Club’s 93rd Annual Juried Exhibition.  

Painting from his own experiences as handyman and boxer, Huston looks to the uniquely American idea of self-making.  Huston states, “the worker is who are we as a people.  Each of our lives is constructed day-by-day.  It is something to be worked out and, of course, in real life it never is.  I try to hint at that in the paintings as well.”

Steve Huston was born February 1959 in Anchorage, Alaska.  Huston moved to Southern California to pursue and education in art -- graduating from Pasadena's Art Center College of Design in 1983.  Huston established himself as a successful illustrator, commissioned by such high-profile clients as Paramount Pictures, MGM and Warner Brothers.  Subsequently, Huston served as a faculty member at the Art Center College of Design from 1985-1995, and has recently taught courses in life drawing, anatomy and composition for the artists and animation studios.  He began working towards his career as fine artist in 1989.  The exhibition will be accompanied by a sixteen page catalog.  

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