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, but 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, 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. But I have found that pain uses you, or you use pain. I choose to make work to tell stories and offer escapism, both for myself & for others seeking comfort through the arts"
- Co-author www.cabinfever.in , 2020
- Author of Poorly Drawn Portraits ('Poortraits') www.instagram.com/poortraits
- Peoples choice winner, New Zealand Most Creative in Arts, 2017
- BodyLandscape, collaborative photographic exhibition, 2017
- Bronze award, New Zealand Interior Awards, 2014
- Visual Community Services, 2004-present
- Cover design, Metro Magazine, 2018
- BSc & PGDip Environmental science