"Early Fall Rains"
Steve Coffey, "Early Fall Rains," 2014, oil on canvas 24" x 48"
Steve Coffey’s paintings of the prairies around his home in the town of Vulcan in southern Alberta feature such vast and colourful skies they are almost an otherworldly final frontier worthy of the starship Enterprise.
“As far back as I can remember I’ve been a sky watcher,” says Coffey. “It’s such a kaleidoscope of colour.” He doesn’t worry about his work slipping into prairie cliché, saying he simply paints what moves him. His works have surreal touches and sometimes flirt with abstraction. He chooses subjects with a limited human presence, believing they act as doors to invite viewers to muse about space and the passage of time.
"Prairie Shack in Night Light"
Steve Coffey, "Prairie Shack in Night Light," 2014, oil on canvas 48" x 36".
Although Coffey is drawn to the Canadian landscape, he doesn’t paint outdoors. Nor does he work from photographs. Instead, he explores his memories, accessing veins of swirling imagery from his life experiences. “I call them memory Polaroids,” he says. “I tap into collected mental files.”
"Get The Fields Off"
Steve Coffey, "Get The Fields Off," 2014, oil on canvas, 36" x 60".
Born and raised in Manitoba, Coffey has been active in the art world since completing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Regina in 1990. He is represented by numerous galleries and a quick look at this website reveals that he is selling. Coffey is also known as a singer-songwriter, and performs with his band, The Lokels.
Steve Coffey is represented by the White Rock Gallery in BC, the Front Gallery in Edmonton, the Collectors’ Gallery in Calgary, Frames & More in Fort McMurray, the Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, the Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, the Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon, and the Woodlands Gallery in Winnipeg. His work sells for $900 to $5,000.