Rick Steinburg relies on his artist’s intuition to create artworks that combine a love of found objects and materials with a loose, spontaneous painting style. His compositions are informed by seeing the many possibilities of objects and materials, combined with his response to a subconscious stream of ideas and subjects. This response plays out in a rather physical rendering of shapes, lines, color, into compositions that may or may not be dominated by representational objects. The process of assembling a wide variety of materials combined with a very direct style of using paint and other media allows the creative process to determine part or all of the outcome. “I enjoy giving objects and fragments that could easily be discarded a new life and purpose as part of a new artwork. I’ve found that being unafraid of mistakes allows me to find beauty and joy in unexpected places and forms. Working in this way, a narrative can develop organically as part of the process. Though I may start out with a basic idea; many times I’m discovering the story and the characters through the process of creating the piece. This is the exciting part for the artist; starting with nothing, and being in a front row seat to watch, as ideas and materials begin to form a physical expression of your subconscious thoughts and feelings. The results can be surprising to me; creating a narrative that becomes some sort of story, or possibly something more like a poem or a song.”
Steinburg’s main influences include his father, C. Louis Steinburg ,1930-2014, an abstract expressionist painter and professor at Illinois State University. Also the art of young children, with whom he worked with as an elementary fine arts teacher for 32 years in Austin, Texas. Other influences include Primitive art, Folk art, Expressionism and other early 20th century European painters, Pop art, music, and everyday imagery from Texas and American culture.
He has recently exhibited his work at Milan Gallery, in Fort Worth, Texas; at Bass Concert Hall and the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall in Austin, Texas; and with the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, NY.
Rick Steinburg is also known as a Blues musician, Stone House, a performing singer/songwriter in Austin, Texas from 1995 to the present. He has recorded six CDs with his original songs. Many weekends he can be found in downtown Austin performing live.