Harry Steen (B. 1977) lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. He received a BFA in Art, University of Calgary (1999-2002).
Inspired by classical culture - Greek and Hellenic - Harry Steen’s paintings of elaborately decorated interiors and ornate garden scenes infuse realism with the beautiful and frightening, using symbolism from these classical cultures.
'I always want a picture to convey some thrill of atmosphere or association on a subconscious level. Very often, there are sinister or tragic elements lurking behind the surface, which are crucial components of the kind of beauty I'm attempting to convey.'
As well as the influence of Balthus, Steen’s surfaces, colours, and pictorial language also point to the influence of early renaissance artists in Venice, in particular Titian, Giorgione and Bellini.