CODA Gallery is featuring the artwork of Ben Steele and Charley Snow on view now through March 24, 2017. Both are Utah-bases artists, with Snow highly recognized for his mystic cow paintings, and Steele known for his various painting techniques that often deliver a playful and sometimes pointed commentary.
Since earning his BFA from the University of Utah in 1998, Charley Snow is best known for his engaging depictions of cows, which he often bestows with names to honor someone he knows. In Snow's words: "When I graduated I had trouble finding models to work with so I started painting cows. They work cheap and they’re almost always available. I soon discovered that every cow had its own personality and gesture."
Described as an art chameleon, rather than fitting one specific movement Steele’s work incorporates many different processes of painting. However, with his classical training he employs the techniques and processes of the old masters with a contemporary sensibility. His paintings often speak to his wide range of interests including art history, pop culture,
advertising, and modern life.