"Full Circle," Steve Hedberg's recent exhibit at the Glave Kocen gallery on Main Street, was especially intriguing for me because it gave the opportunity to see how an artist has evolved, refined and changed his style over his career. My parents are personal friends of the artist, and we own several of his works, all painted before 2010. A few of them are rural scapes, two of which can be seen in the slideshow I attached, but we also own two spectacular abstract pieces of his (which I was unable to find pictures of). His earlier abstract work features an emphasis on division, imposing a sort of random organization on the composition, and the rural scapes feature the same dramatic realism that can be seen in his current work. Heavy emphasis on shadow, diagonal and each work features a contained range of color that gives the piece a general aura from afar.
Hedberg's new work builds on many techniques developed in the earlier work I see every day. Still dramatic, shadowed compositions that give off a calming vibe to the viewer, yet enriched with colored underpainting and the imposing of geometric shapes and objects to give the work a sense of organized randomness. For me, "Full Circle" was an incredibly impressive exhibit, truly showing the versitality and unique style of an artist whose work has featured in my daily setting for years. My parents had gone to the opening at Steve's invitation and after I had seen it as well I immediately asked them to inquire about a piece. I can't wait to see what Steve Hedberg will do next.