Andrew J. Steel is a New Zealand contemporary artist who has produced some of the largest scale artwork projects in New Zealand. His work transcends public arts, private interiors, fine artwork, letterpress, body and digital works.
His approach varies across mediums; interior works are conceived largely by creating the work specific for the client & their space, telling personalised narratives through hieroglyphs. His fine art & public works are largely conceptual and explore wider themes around society, perspective and humour. Digital works invite collaboration with others, and also allows the artist to explore ideas and make work remotely during sabbaticals & exploring outdoors.
Good art is honest expression; personal stories, lessons and wounds rendered into elegance. Steel believes we become a remix of our influences & what happens to us in our lives; our choices & our circumstances. Therefore an artists role is to live a remarkable life and report back on it in their work. Steel is shaped from an early age by complex family life, house fire & suicide. This has defined what relationships, material items and people mean to the artist. Steels work is escapism, both for himself & others seeking comfort through the arts.
Peoples choice winner, New Zealands Most Creative in Arts, 2017