(photo courtesy of House and Home Magazine - Dec. 2016 issue)
THE FIRST 3 PAINTINGS BELOW are inspired by my recently acquired love of gardening. I've been gushing over books of Japanese rock gardens and pond gardens. Their compositions and quiet contemplation are exquisite. I've tried to structure my own little garden in a similar way, which is totally a work a progress but rewarding none the less. It's carried over into the studio and I've discovered the freedom of using paint to express my gardening ambitions. I've brought a modern, clean lined aesthetic into these pieces which, for better or worse, makes them distinctly different from my landscape work.
Personally, I love how fresh and clean these are.
THE 2ND ROW OF IMAGES are ocean-scapes with a whole new assortment of mystical details. I've been known to put a few floating lights into my paintings that create a kind of mystery and stillness, it's pretty much a Nederveen trademark. Here, I'm expanding the mystical elements into something larger and more varied, where things are emerging out of the water, blooming and connecting to the skies.
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WHAT'S NEW AND INTERESTING
March 28 and 30th, 2017 - Artwork on display at the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland
as part of Canada 150.
May 7, 2017 - Solo Exhibition at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
September 2017 -- Solo Exhibition at Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto, ON.
November 2017 -- Solo Exhibition at Canada House Gallery in Banff, AB.
I'M IN ICELAND!
I was invited to create a painting for the Canadian Embassy
in Iceland as part of the Canada 150th celebrations.
I'll be giving an audio/visual presentation in Akureyri at the Gil Association on March 28th at 10am and again in Reykjavik, at the Nordic House on March 30, at 4pm.
The subject of the presentation is:
The Mystical Landscape, what is it? How have Canadians represented in the past and how is it being done today in the work of Steven Nederveen?
A second part of the presentation will be discussing my participation in The Brain Project.
Here is the painting I created for them.
Artwork: Ocean Crossing, 30x60 inches, mixed media, 2017
HOUSE AND HOME MAGAZINE
A great article and a lovely home.
VANCOUVER HOME MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Here's a great article about the development of my artistic life and my last show.
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THE BRAIN PROJECT
Baycrest Health Sciences, a world leader in brain health and aging, is raising funds and awareness of dementia and other brain related diseases.
They've had over 100 brain sculptures painted by local artists, on display at various locations in downtown Toronto.
Later they will be sold to sponsoring organizations or collectors worldwide.
Here's the brain I painted.
Sadly, They are no longer on display.
Description of my piece:
This 'Fertile Mind' is covered with lush greenery, vibrant flowers and a host of birds indicative of a miniature ecosystem. Vegetation pollenates the mind with fresh life and ideas while the birds carry strings of thought, connecting one busy cluster of growth to another. The greenery contains all kinds of flowers, from herbal remedies to spiritual lotus flowers to the poisonous berries of the Nightshade plant. A healthy ecosystem embraces renewal as equally as decay. Problems arise when some aspect of the system falls out of balance. With the brain, there are the physical and chemical imbalances but also the psychological issues that may be equally debilitating. With a view to disease and trauma, the vegetation that wraps around this brain can also be seen as an invasive and parasitic overgrowth that feeds off it’s host.