Opening Reception For Joan Steinman

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Opening Reception For Joan Steinman
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Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc. says
GREMILLION &CO. FINE ART, INC. is pleased to represent Houston based artist Joan Steinman and will host a reception of new work in an exhibition titled The Mill on Thursday, May 12th from 6-8 PM.

The Beaumont Rice Mill, in Beaumont Texas, inspires the paintings of the Mill. Mrs. Steinman’s Great Grandfather Joseph Eloi Broussard started the Mill in 1892. She grew up aware of the Mill, but as an adult the Mill became a gathering place for the many cousins who would come back to Beaumont for visits. Each time she toured the mill, she was thrilled by the size and complexity of the structure. The old equipment and massive beams, the colors and the smells all seem animated to her.

“Never before had it occurred to me that these interiors could be transformed into subject matter for my paintings. But two years ago, while waiting for some cousins I began photographing a room in the same way I would if it were the study for a painting. I captured all the information I could with my camera. When I looked at the photographs I knew there was something wonderful I could translate into a painting.

I realize now that these images of mills and silos are so engrained in our visual culture that we sometimes overlook them. At the edge of every small town, we see silos, farms, old warehouses and manufacturing plants, and in the morning or evening sun, they are magnificent. This landscape around us is and part of our everyday life and heritage and should be celebrated.

The great American painters that were part of the Precisionist movement, like Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth and Ralston Crawford, celebrated the industrial scenes of the northeast in the first half of the 20th century. Their paintings help us to see the power of the industrial life of men and machines. I think the Beaumont Rice Mill has inspired me in much the same way.”
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By: Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc.

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