Arts Fort Worth


Illustrations from the Book of Horse

Rick Steinburg

Brock/Visiting Angels Gallery-Illustrations from the Book of Horse

Exhibition on Display: November 5 – December 11, 2021

Works by Rick Steinburg


I am an an Austin, Texas based visual artist who creates compositions that combine painting with the use of found objects. Seeing the visual possibilities in objects and art fragments allows the process to determine a significant part of the outcome. The spontaneous nature of this process allows a narrative to develop organically.
-Born in Chicago, Illinois; 1955
-Grew up in a creative environment, father, C. Louis Steinburg, 1930-2014, was an abstract expressionist painter and professor at Illinois State University.
-Graduated from Illinois State University, 1978
-Moved to Austin, Texas, 1980
-Fine arts teacher; Spicewood Elementary School, 1983-2015
-Performances as singer/songwriter, Stone House, 1995- current


In my series Illustrations From the Book of Horse I am making illustrations for an imaginary reference book on all things horse. Some of the pieces illustrate the adventures and mishaps of characters that developed along the way. I also did pieces that illustrate the birth of the first horse, pieces that refer to Texas horse culture, a piece that illustrates a second rate Wild West show, and pieces that illustrate the coming of the automobile and the reaction of horses and riders to its arrival. While these scenes are fictional, they are closely related to our reality; pulled from history and my family's Texas experience, sourced from my elders. Many of these stories involve humor, while others connect the past with the ever changing world we live in. The majority of these pieces are assemblage based “combines”, mixing painting with the use of found objects or recycled materials. Some of the pieces incorporate painted or block printed fragments in combination with the re purposed materials. The recycled materials were chosen based on their surface, color, and shape. The majority of the frames for these pieces were handmade, many times from recycled wood, so they become a part of the piece. Though there is a loose spontaneous feel to many of these pieces, it was important to me that the craftsmanship of their assembly was done to a high standard so there would be no issues in installing them for exhibition.

There is a whimsical folk art vibe to these pieces. I'm portraying the horse with an innocence or maybe an ignorance of the reality of the actual beast. I could say that I'm depicting the myth of the horse as the game changer it was to ancient man. More likely I'm capturing the vague rendering of something that most of us now have very little experience with in our current lives. The selected images represent highlights from this series which comprises more than seventy artworks.



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