Steve Coffey

Artist's Statement:
"My work is elemental, with a focus on nature and the forces with which
humanity has to contend. I search for a distinctive atmosphere from the
immensity and grandeur of the plains to the human mark etched upon it.
With both a plaintive and expressive palette of light and movement I draw
both from my past, a process I call "Memory Polaroids", and from the
present day of all that surrounds me. My medium is oil on canvas...
and a guitar”.

Steve Coffey has been an integral part of the Canadian art and music scene for many years. He has
curated traveling exhibitions, created large-scale public sculptures, taught college, and conducted
many workshops and art residencies. After finishing his formal training in 1990 (University of Regina,
Master of Fine Arts.) Steve practiced formalist metal sculpture in Edmonton & Central Alberta but
eventually gave in to his love of drawing and representation and was seduced by the immediacy and
challenges of oil paint. He began exploring the medium full time in 1995. Steve has exhibited
extensively and his paintings can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout
North America, Europe & Asia and he is represented across Canada by many well known Art

Steve’s music has received critical acclaim over the course of ten albums to date and he and his band
have performed regularly and been heard on many radio airwaves over many years, from commercial
to college to frequencies in between. Steve notes such figures as Tom Thompson, Emily Carr, Alex
Colville, A.Y Jackson, Bill Duma, Mike Scott, Don Van Vliet, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell for
helping define his world of art & music.

Steve and his family live in the small Southern Alberta town of Vulcan.