Using watercolor both to unite the disparate elements out of random objects to build an image and to engage the tradition of naturalist illustration, the artist combines items you might find in a garage sale, bugs, drugs, and genitalia. Take Condor, for instance. His feet quickly suggested 2 cars, his right hand a …

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Alfred Steiner describes his work as drawing influence from both “art historical and pop cultural sources, especially those with a penchant for the grotesque,” and lists Hieronymus Bosch and Homer Simpson among his inspirations. Steiner’s cartoonish watercolors are made through a laborious process: he slowly gathers fragments of unseemly images—including those of toys, half-eaten fruit, rotting teeth, dead insects, sea creatures, artillery, and sexual organs—that he then pieces together into narrative compositions or resemblances of pop culture icons. “To make one of these works, I begin by choosing a character,” he explains. “Then I free associate while looking at the forms that make up the character, just as one might look at a cloud or Rorschach blot...These works are hybrids of the stylized and the naturalistic.” Steiner’s practice is also informed by the artist’s prior 15-year career as a copyright and trademark lawyer, and his extensive knowledge of intellectual property regulations.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist IIJoshua Liner Gallery
2014
Likelihood of ConfusionJoshua Liner Gallery
2013
Alfred Steiner: Contrariwise101/EXHIBIT
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Condor (Jo Condor), 2016

Watercolor on 650 gsm hot pressed paper
30 3/10 × 21 7/10 in
77 × 55 cm
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Using watercolor both to unite the disparate elements out of random objects to build an image and …

Medium
Signature
Not signed
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included

Alfred Steiner describes his work as drawing influence from both “art historical and pop cultural sources, especially those with a penchant for the grotesque,” and lists Hieronymus Bosch and Homer Simpson among his inspirations. Steiner’s cartoonish watercolors are made through a laborious process: he slowly gathers fragments of unseemly images—including those of toys, half-eaten fruit, rotting teeth, dead insects, sea creatures, artillery, and sexual organs—that he then pieces together into narrative compositions or resemblances of pop culture icons. “To make one of these works, I begin by choosing a character,” he explains. “Then I free associate while looking at the forms that make up the character, just as one might look at a cloud or Rorschach blot...These works are hybrids of the stylized and the naturalistic.” Steiner’s practice is also informed by the artist’s prior 15-year career as a copyright and trademark lawyer, and his extensive knowledge of intellectual property regulations.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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