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Steve Hanks - Beyond the Horizon
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Steve Hanks
Beyond the Horizon

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Steve Hanks - Beyond the Horizon

      
Collectors love Steve Hanks' work for his heartwarming portraits of children and families, his sensitive depictions of women and his prodigious skill with watercolors. Hanks has amassed an impressive collection of accolades and recognitions and 2007 was no different the Weems International Art Fest chose Steve as the featured artist for their 25th annual show. A Hanks painting will be the cover of the March/April 2008 issue of Art of the West which will carry a feature on the artist and American Artist Watercolor magazine declared him a Modern Master and a watercolorist who inspires and informs in their Winter 2008 issue. Their cover image was this Hanks' exquisite new painting Beyond the Horizon.

The Pacific Ocean is one of my great loves, says Hanks. It's the ultimate edge. It's a place for contemplation and reflection, a place to remind us of the scale of our one life against the great forces of nature. The ocean, with its vast horizons and pounding surf, has been a source of endless inspiration to Hanks. As with many Hanks paintings, the scene is layered with mystery. Who is this woman. Is she pressed against the edge of the earth or is she contemplating her wide-open future. Beyond the Horizon, with its spectacular sea and landscape, make a provocative and sophisticated statement. Find out why this artist's star continues to rise.

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Steve Hanks Biography


Although teachers often cited his artistic ability, Steve Hanks' main interest while growing up around San Francisco was sports. As a young teenager, Hanks pursued surfing and tennis with passion. He eventually tired of a steady diet of competitive tennis, but continued to surf, finding a spiritual connection with the ocean. "Surfing had a strong influence on my paintings," he says. "The ocean often appears in my work, because I have such strong feelings for it."

Although it was apparent early on that he had talent, Hanks refused to do the required assignments in his high school art class and earned a grade of C in the class. "To prove I was good, I did a one-man show at the high school and sold my first painting to another art teacher," he says.

After high school Hanks enrolled in summer session commercial art courses at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. "The only way I could convince my parents to let me go was to say I was going into commercial art," he says. "I didn't even know what that was." He did well in his commercial art classes, but it was a life drawing class that captured his interest. He focused his energy on the study of anatomy and figure drawing and transferred into the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. He graduated in the 1960s with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Initially, he drew in pencil and painted in oils. His paintings were impressionistic while his drawings were more realistic. Eventually, an allergic reaction to oils forced him to experiment with watercolors. Using the techniques learned from other mediums, he found he could create watercolors as "finished" as oils. Deeply affected by the emotions, shifting attitudes and music of the 1960s, the music of 60s icon Bob Dylan often accompanies Hanks as he paints in his studio today.

Steve Hanks' paintings are much more than endearing images of women and children. Rather than conveying a specific message through his paintings, Hanks prefers to explore memories and emotions. "My paintings speak to the vulnerability that we all feel from time to time. They evoke nostalgia, transporting us back in time," Hanks says. "All art is an escape to somewhere you want to be or a feeling you want to have. People see different things in my paintings because we all have different backgrounds and feelings."

Hanks highly collected nudes convey an introspective solitude that prompts the viewer to think about his or her own life and path. "Women occupy a special niche in my sensitivity. They express more storytelling ability. There's more magic in them," he says.

Art jurors began recognizing the quality of his work in 1973. Steve Hanks won the Arts for the Parks Marine Art Award of Excellence in 1990 and 1994, and has been one of the Arts for the Parks top 100 artists since 1989. In 1991, Steve Hanks received the National Watercolor Society Merit Award and the National Academy of Western Art awarded him the Gold Medal in 1992. Since 1993, he has been one of U.S. Art Magazine's top ten American artists. When the Pacific Rim show in Seattle, WA decided to open the show up to a wider variety of art in 1999, they selected Steve as Artist of the Year. Steve was one of five winners selected to the U.S. Art Hall of Fame 2000. He was named as one of the top 25 selling artists in the June, 2002 issue of Decor magazine. The 7th Annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children chose Steve as their Feature Artist in 2002.
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