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Steven Goring

‘I have designed and crafted my own easels to facilitate my raised canvases. Part of the design includes custom made T-squares which are easily removed and slide freely on the easel. I use artist quality oil paint in an alkyd medium. Alkyd is oil modified synthetic resin with fast drying properties, increased resistance to yellowing and produces a flexible paint film. Since my paintings are made up of several layers, alkyd is the perfect medium.

The development of my painting can be broken down into two parts. Part one is painting in the horizontal and two is painting in the vertical. Part one; painting in the horizontal is a semi-automatic process. I may have some idea as to colour and composition but mostly it is thinking and responding as I paint. Part one becomes the background of the image. Part two; painting in the vertical is a very slow process of painting fine vertical lines over top of each other. This is a more deliberate process with a composition or spatial map in mind. Once I start to paint the vertical, an interaction of colour and form takes place between the horizontal and vertical. The painting slowly emerges creating its own voice.’

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‘I find myself exploring various spaces between representational and non-representational, objective and non-objective or natural design verses human design.  It is when these two opposing ideas meander into one another creating a less defined idea or vagueness that interest me. My work usually has a background layer and a foreground layer made up of various markings.  There is no perspective, however there is depth. The depth becomes the middle space. I am influenced by everyday observations of nature such as the play of light on trees, the movement of water or the arrangement of plant material. These observations, being micro or macro, make their way into my image making.’

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Artist Information

Steven Goring is a graduate of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, with a diploma in Fine Art Cinematography and an apprenticeship in colour reproduction. Self-taught as a painter, Goring has been represented exclusively by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since 2004, and has since exhibited in several regional art shows and International Art Fairs. Goring is based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His relocation from large urban environments to a more isolated community, with a studio surrounded by the ever-changing atmospheric occurrences of a West Coast island, has informed his art immensely. Goring has been influenced by abstract expressionists, such as Barnett Newman, and the music of composer Phillip Glass. His art evokes qualities of light, often infused with iridescent colors, and expanding thoughts of space, by employing extremely fine hand drawn and painted lines, both on panel and paper. In his 2009 solo show, Surrounding, he exhibited the stunning 7 ft x 19 ft Surrounding (Clearing) canvas on daily and seasonal movement of Light. Goring’s work is represented in private collections in Canada and the US.

Steven Goring is a graduate of Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, with a diploma in Fine Art Cinematography and an apprenticeship in colour reproduction. Self-taught as a painter, Goring has been represented exclusively by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since 2004, and has since exhibited in several regional art shows and International Art Fairs. Goring is based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His relocation from large urban environments to a more isolated community, with a studio surrounded by the ever-changing atmospheric occurrences of a West Coast island, has informed his art immensely. Goring has been influenced by abstract expressionists, such as Barnett Newman, and the music of composer Phillip Glass. His art evokes qualities of light, often infused with iridescent colors, and expanding thoughts of space, by employing extremely fine hand drawn and painted lines, both on panel and paper. In his 2009 solo show, Surrounding, he exhibited the stunning 7 ft x 19 ft Surrounding (Clearing) canvas on daily and seasonal movement of Light. Goring’s work is represented in private collections in Canada and the US.

Steven Goring’s CV

Residence: Victoria, BC
Born: Kingston, Ontario 1952

Education

1975-79     Apprenticeship – colour reproduction, London Ontario
1973  Diploma, Fine Arts Cinematography and Photography, Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

Exhibitions

2015 New Works, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012 Tumulus-Tumuli, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2012 Synecdoche, Side Room Gallery, Victoria, BC

2009 Surrounding, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2009 Perceptions, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2007 Painting in Two Parts, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2005 SPRUNG, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2005 Distilling, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2004 Grounding, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2003 Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC

Art Fairs

2013 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
2012 Context Miami, Miami FL
2012 TIAF, Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON
2011 San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2005 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY
2004 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

Publications

2008 Canadian House and Home Magazine, September

Collections

Private collections throughout Canada and the United States

Representation

Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada

1070 Homer Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2W9, Canada

T. 604.737.3969
E. info@kostuikgallery.com