Steven Plount is a painter whose work is a path in pursuing a luminous experience of being. It is a meditative daily practice. His main medium for the last 15 years has been watercolor on paper with minor forays into oil and acrylic paint mediums. He holds an MFA in Painting Practice.

Using the language of painting as it has developed in European, American, and Asian painting histories and methods, he strives for contemplative images through the sensuality, plasticity, and refraction of transparent color and the immediacy of gestural mark-making creating spiritually imbued works in a painterly and gestural manner in search of the transcendental landscape and sky.

Steven lives and works in Portland, Oregon and in West Bengal, India. He has worked with oils, pottery, and fiber since the 1960’s from the age of 13. He wove tapestries in New Mexico during the 1980s, for 10 years, on Navajo Upright and Spanish Treadle looms dyeing his own colors, warping, and weaving original designs. He has lived in California, New Mexico, Colorado, New York City, and West Bengal, India and has worked at a wide variety of professions supporting his painting practice over the past 50 years.

Other interests include: Vaishnav, Vedanta, and Indian visual arts, spiritual lifestyles, and practices; Japanese Arts and Minimalist Philosophy; Color Theory; Western European Art History, African and Oceanic Arts, and Native American spiritualities; World Literature, Western and Asian Philosophy; and Music.

-March 2020

Exhibition

Any Sky, Watercolors. Lara Sydney Framing Gallery, Portland Oregon

2014-17
Birch Tree Acrylic on Birch Panel Paintings, Lotus and Chakra Watercolors

Hunt and Gather -Treasures for the Home and Soul, Pearl District, Portland OR

2013
Birch Tree Paintings and Lotus Watercolors

Hunt and Gather -Treasures for the Home and Soul, Pearl District, Portland OR

2012
Birch Tree Paintings (Silver Sky Diptych and others) , Hunt and Gather. Pearl District, Portland OR

Sun Flowerhouse, Donation to Music As Medicine, Leftbank Annex, Portland OR

Flowerhouse Paintings, Really Big Video, Portland, OR

Eight Sky Buddhas Donation to Online Benefit Auction for Maitripa College, Portland OR

13th Street First Thursday Arts Festival, Pearl District, Portland OR

2011
Drawings for Earthlings, Impermanent Natural Object Drawings at Sravasti Abbey. NewPort, WA

Leaf Drawing, Tanner Springs Park Sidewalk, Portland OR

The Foundation of All Good Qualities, Bid for Good, Online Benefit Auction for Maitripa College, Portland OR

Sold! On Sisters, Sisters of the Road Online Auction, Portland, OR

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) Juried Art Auction, The Memorial Coliseum, Portland OR

2010
Hidden Among the Leaves, September/October, MilePost 5, Portland, OR

Small Works and a Commission, Crank Bike Shop, Portland, OR

Five Monks, On the Occasion of the Building of the House of Colored Sand for the God of

Compassion at the Portland Public Library, 2010, donated to the Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist

Center and the Monks, Portland OR

Sketchbook Project, Arthouse, Brooklyn NY, Atlanta GA

2009
The Future in Retrospect: COTR, Worksound, Portland OR

Manor of Art Invitational, Mile Post 5, Portland OR

Brooklyn Comes East, Mill Creek, Long Island, NY

Native Soul Youth Benefit Auction, Albuquerque, NM

2008
Night of a Thousand Drawings Benefit Artists Space, New York, NY

World Watercolor Painting Federation World Art Exhibit, Seoul, Korea

2007
MFA Thesis Exhibit, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Open Studios, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Book Arts, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, NY

2006
Spring, Autumn Open Studio, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

World Watercolor Painting Federation World Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

2005
Small Gems Group Exhibit, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

Autumn Open Studio, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Masters Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2004
Group Exhibit, Works on Paper, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

Sap Demons Installation, HAZMAT Art Space @ Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO

Odalisque and Untitled: Study for the Legend of St. Julien, Honors Thesis Exhibit, Metro State College of Denver’s Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO

Quartets and New Paintings, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver CO

2003
Big Wallpaper, Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibit, Metro State Denver, CO

Dreamscicle, ILK Art Space @ Pirate Gallery Open Show, Denver, CO

A Lament, Curtis Center For the Humanities, Englewood, CO

Momentum, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

Written Image/Painted Word, Ten Laments, Invitational, Museum of Outdoor Art, Englewood, CO

Soft, Invitational, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

Four Views of Denver, CoNet, Denver, CO

2002
Pulp; Works Of, On or About Paper, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

Open Heart Project Art Auction, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

Ten Laments, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

2001
Encaustic Evolution, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

Four Views of Denver, CoNet, Denver, CO

2000
Open Studio, Denver, CO 1999
Abstract Paintings, Chair Series, Studio 1818, Denver, CO

Open Studio, Piggly Wiggly-McMarr Building Studios, Denver, CO

1996
Monothon 10, College of Santa Fe, NM


1995
Solo Exhibit, Paintings and Tapestries, Artists Series at Andre’s,

Solo Exhibit, Pastels and Tapestries, Red One Gallery, Old Town, NM

1994
Black Tapestry: The River, Colorés Museum Invitational, Corrales, NM


1993
Pastels and Tapestries, Artists Series at Andre’s, Albuquerque, NM

Savage Garden Series, Sanguine/Charcoal Drawings & Tapestry Albuquerque United Artists

Visions of Excellence Juried Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM

Savage Garden Series: Shroud. Annual Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Print Juried Exhibit,

Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM

1992
Manzano Mountain Spirits-The Anthropomorphs, Group Exhibit, Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Solo Exhibit: Paintings & Drawings, Spotted Dog Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1991
Solo Exhibit, Paintings & Drawings, La Mexicana Restaurant Albuquerque, NM


1990
Tapestries, Group Show at Weavings/Southwest, Taos NM

Albuquerque United Artists, Juried Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM

Awards

Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant, New York, NY


Pratt Institute, Graduate Painting Scholarship Drawing Resource Center Graduate Assistantship

Metropolitan State University of Denver Vice-President’s Honor Roll

Metropolitan State University of Denver President’s Honor Roll

Golden Key International Honor Society, Colorado Scholars Scholarship

Specialty

Plount uses the language of painting as it has developed in both Western European and Asian histories/cultures/philosophies. He is interested in the intimacy and immediacy of mark-making in real-space and in cyberspace creating images of nature and human beings with a spiritual significance.

Education

Master of Fine Arts
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Music
cum laude
Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO

Certificate Graphic Design
The Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Music and Fine Art
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Music
Shasta Junior College, Redding, CA

Skills

Oil Painting 90%
Watercolor Painting 95%
Electronic Painting 60%
Pottery 75%
Tapestry Weaving 85%

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