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Lived/Active: California/Montana/Alaska      Known for: painting-boxers and laborers, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Having been a poster illustrator in the film industry for nearly a decade, Steve Huston switched to fine art in 1989 and began teaching full time at his alma mater, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.  Then, after 25 years of living in California and establishing successful careers in both commercial and fine art, Steve Huston and his family moved to the open space of Montana.

Huston's latest body of work changes from his earlier depictions of isolated figures to groups of figures celebrating every day laborers and the beauty of the figure in motion.  Although his works are multi-figure and highlighted as though they were centered by a spotlight, there is no sense that the figures are interacting.  He sees dignity and heroism in the contribution of individuals doing the same work day after day and of beauty in the American struggle of man verses the machine.

He studied plein-air painting with Dan McCaw and then, after experimenting with style and subject matter, focused on realistic depictions of young boxers.  He says he is most inspired by Rembrandt and his use of light, but many viewers are reminded of paintings by George Bellows.

In 2003 Steve Huston was awarded the "Best of Show" gold medal honor by his peers at the 93rd annual California Art Club Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.  In 1996 he won both the First Prize and Third Prize at the Gold Medal Exhibition and in 1997 he again won the First Prize award from the CAC.

Southwest Art, August 2004
American Artist, January 2004
American Art Collector, April 2006, pp. 190-193

Biography from Principle Gallery:
Steve Huston was born and grew up in Alaska.  He studied at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design while working construction each summer to pay his tuition.  Even before graduating with his BFA, Huston began illustrating.  His client list eventually included such names as Caesar's Palace, MGM, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios.

After nearly a decade of doing commercial work, Huston decided a change was in order.  He began teaching drawing, painting and composition-first at his Alma Mater, then at the Disney, Warner Brother, and Dreamworks Studios.  These positions allowed him the privilege of passing on the knowledge he had been given, while further honing his craft and seeking out new influences for the career he now envisioned.  Such influences came to include Titian and Rembrandt, the early American Tonalists, the homespun character of the WPA art projects, and the heroic and graphic inventions of the American Comic Book form.

The year 1995 began his career as a fine artist, winning top prizes at the California Art Club Gold Medal Show that year and the year following.  A string of gallery shows followed, first in Los Angeles and then in New Yorkand in Europe.  Huston continues to lecture around the country and exhibits his work widely.

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