Steve Engle » Profile
- Helena, MT
- Personal Statement
Throughout my art career a dominant theme in my work has been my obsession of combining male and female bodies to create androgynous figures. Although my artwork has continuously evolved over the years,this obsession can still be seen in my latest acrylic paintings.
A major influence on my drawings and sculptures has been that of the arts of the South Pacific. I was born and raised in Hawaii and grew up surrounded by the art of Africa, Japan and Indonesia as my parents were both artists and avid collectors. I also traveled at an early age with my family throughout the South Pacific islands and Australia. This early exposure to tribal art of different cultures (with many sculptures of androgynous figures) left a definite impression upon me that I feel influenced my own art years later.
As a practicing artist I later discovered the arts of Oceania which both attracted and repelled me with its power and grotesqueness. I found this particularly true of New Guinea and New Caledonia yet I keep returning to these sculptures for inspiration.
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