Steven Baines is an artist whose primary focus is on oil painting. He lives and works in New York City where he has been since receiving a BFA in painting from The School of Visual Arts.
Steven Baines oil paintings aim to encourage an escape, aiming to be beautiful, tragic, dramatic, even romantic, but something about it seems to have an innate sense of humor which can question the sincerity. This line between sincerity and the absurd is something we find continually creeping into his work. Sincerity wins but it’s just a little wobbly.
Steven Baines oil paintings can also act as metaphors for the passage of time, the brevity of human life as in Vanitas and Momento Mori paintings. However they are not heavy or morbid. They are optimistic and humorous, like sad, dark lyrics in a catchy lighthearted melody. Sometimes within romantic settings and other times within bright bold abstractions, figurative images have been chosen for their symbolic value to represent the fragile and transitory nature of life: luxuriantly plumed birds, moths, monkeys, ripe fruit, bubbles, bones and UFO’s.