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Steve Emery

  • 38 San Francisco Blvd, San Anselmo, CA 94960, USA

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Artist Statement

My work changed with the onset of the pandemic. New words entered our vocabulary, charts and graphs made this news visible. California was on fire, so graphs on air quality determined our days. The curves and colors of these graphs, dictated by the most current data had colors representing “good” and “worse”, with constant reminders to “flatten the curve”.
I  worked on my version of a pandemic painting for over a year, through many changes, as I tried to sort out what was meaningful to myself & humanity. Once I put that 3’ x 3’ acrylic painting aside, I began to paint my own interpretations of color codes & graphs. I kept the curves fluid and unflattened, the colors bright and luminous. I felt an artist’s need to reclaim these colors as beautiful and bright, not co-opted as indicators of fear or relief.
Soon variants, too, entered our lives. Musicians, as well as artists, have historically worked with “variations on a theme”, and this led to my pursuit of floral variants. These started as loose variants of the Fetid Adder’s Tongue, (found locally in January-February, smelling of wet dog/old tennis shoe). This flower bears a structure similar to the universal symbol for biotoxins, so I sought a blend of the two; my variants.


1954 Born a February pisces, Fairfax, CA. 1972 Graduated from former Drake High. 1977 Graduated from College V, UC Santa Cruz, as an Art major. 1976-78 Founding member 2 Santa Cruz co-op studios: S.C. Art Center & S.C. Graphics Workshop. 1979-1999: Master printer of Kathleen Lipinski’s Marin landscape silkscreen prints, (serigraphs). 1984-2020: Participant in Buckelew’s “MarinScapes”, benefit art show for mental health. Steve has shown locally over many years in: the Sausalito Art Festival, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Marin Art Festival at the Lagoon, won 1st prize in juried shows at Gallery Route One, Yosemite Renaissance, Marin County Fair, named the County Fair’s “Artist of the Year” and with his wife, artist Kathleen Lipinski, proclaimed Marin Cultural Treasures in 2015.

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Acrylic Paint

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Phrasing: Six months of painting in 3 minutes

Time-lapse film of an acrylic painting in progress. Steve Emery artist & photographer. Produced by Adrian Emery.

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