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"An artists role is to live a remarkable life and report back on it in their work"
Andrew J. Steel (b. 1987) is a New Zealand contemporary artist who focuses on the art of story telling. Over his career he has worked with and gained recognition from leading art collectors, interior designers, architects & publishers. Steel produces from his studio in Auckland, New Zealand, and has created work in Los Angeles, Hawaii, across Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Iceland. He works across the mediums of public art, private interiors, fine artwork, letterpress, land, body and digital works. Steel’s early career was expressed as one half of street art duo “BMD”, but separated to pursue his solo career in the arts in 2015.
"An artists role is to live a remarkable life and report back on it in their work. I believe we become a remix of our influences & what happens to us in our lives; our choices & our circumstances. I've been shaped from an early age by the circumstances of a complex family life, house fire & suicide. Respectively, this has defined what relationships, material items and people mean to me. I make art to learn more about people & the world, then retell these stories in my work to offer perspective & peace - both for myself and for others seeking comfort through the arts"
- BSc & PGDip Environmental Science (Victoria University & Auckland University)
- Peoples choice winner, New Zealand Most Creative in Arts, 2017
- Bronze award, New Zealand Interior Awards, 2014
- Co-author cabinfever.pdf (download here), 2020
- BodyLandscape, collaborative photographic exhibition, 2017
- Cover design, Metro Magazine, 2018
- Poor drawer of portraits ('Poortraits') at www.instagram.com/poortraits
- Avid droner, dog enthusiast, seafarer and family man