‘Mostly Animals – Some People’ up through month of October at NH Art Association
PORTSMOUTH – The eclectic works of New Hampshire Art Association artist Jef Steingrebe will be on exhibit in a show titled, “Mostly Animals – Some People,” during the month of October at the NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
Steingrebe described his style of art as recently told to his dental hygienist.
“So, what do you paint?” she asked Steingrebe. “Landscapes? Portraits? Still lifes?”
“No, nothing like that,” Steingrebe answered. “More like ummmm…. allegorical pop art, lately sort of a combination of highway signs and stereo instructions – but with bright colors.”
Steingrebe said he has been around American country antiques and folk art since he was a child, and through puberty, art school, time at Penn State and a long, happy marriage.
“Searching for it, lusting after it, buying it, selling it, studying it,” he said. “To think that it isn’t a part of everything I do is silly. Other artists, though, have given me permission to do what I do and how I do it.”
For example, Steingrebe said Alberto Giacometti has convinced him to feel comfortable with his “naturally nervous searching line.”
“Matisse has made everything okay,” he added. “Picasso puts me in my place at every turn – indeed puts everybody in their place.”
Other artists who influenced Steingrebe are Willem de Kooning and the two Andrew Wyeths.
“And (Andy) Warhol who made it clear it was time to change everything around, and appear not so serious,” he said.
“So, as Popeye the Sailor Man proudly proclaims to the world, ‘I yam what I yam, and that’s all that I yam’ – that’s really the best any of us can hope for. So, I make things.”
The gallery is following the CDC and state’s recommendations for safety while visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 603-431-4320 if you have any questions or would like to make a private appointment to visit the gallery due to any concerns.
The New Hampshire Art Association is celebrating its 80th year and is the oldest art association in the state.
GO & DO
‘Mostly Animals – Some People’
Where: New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth NH.
When: Sept. 30 – Nov 1.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.: closed Mondays and Tuesdays. (Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please call the gallery regarding hours before traveling a distance at 603-431-4230.)