Kyle Steed is an artist who somehow manages to be all at once eminent and inconspicuous. You either know Kyle Steed and deeply admire both the man and his work, or you’ve merely heard his name around town without really knowing why that is.
His quiet passion for creating art, both professionally and personally, is inspiring and has put his work in high demand – in Dallas and around the country. Even his Instagram is expertly curated and draws a substantial following, giving fans and friends a glimpse into the preoccupations of this ubiquitous artist. Kyle’s vibrant murals adorn the walls of coffee shops, boutiques and storefronts across the country... some even live as city landmarks.
He is perhaps most well known for his playful typography and often colorful, always minimalist drawings. But his personal work lies in a category all its own.
Never one to “follow the rules” (his adolescence was marked by teen angst, punk rock and a skateboard), Kyle and his art move outside the proverbial lines. As he puts it, “I’ve always gravitated toward the mentality of seeing the way things are… but resisting.” And as an artist, he has earned the freedom to continue to disregard the rules… but with maturity and a purpose. From transforming found objects and memorabilia into original works to using his art to wrestle with and reflect on firmly held beliefs, Kyle Steed’s art is both deeply personal and generally accessible.
Talking to Kyle about his work and his art inevitably involves more philosophy than technique. He is humble but not deprecatingly so… art is just something that makes sense to him. For as long as he can remember, Kyle has known his life would be one of creation and creativity. From breathtaking photographs of his beloved wife and daughters or an interesting light pattern fallen across a geometric surface to a mural welcoming Dallasites to the city’s illustrious Design District to a series of faded old photographs manipulated into colorful mysteries… art isn’t something he does… it’s who he is.