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Culver City Artist Laureate 2020-2022
Alexey Steele

 

 

 

Painting by Alexey Steele titled "Gust and Glow" 2021, oil on linen panel, 30inx40in

On Location in Malibu 2021, Paintings by the California Art Club
Artwork: Gust and Glow
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University
On Location in Malibu 2021 is a triennial exhibition now in its eighth presentation since 1999. 

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Painting by Alexey Steele titled Sierra Sunrise Carson Peak" 2021, oil on linen panel, 36inx48in 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Works by the California Art Club
Artwork: Sierra Sunrise Carson Peak
Dates: July 10th - August 14th, 2021 
Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University 

 

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Painting in progress on easel with paint box set up in street with blooming jacaranda trees in background, painting in progress by Alexey Steele to be titled "Jacaranda Bloom. Culver City" 2021, oil on linen panel, 16in-x-20inPainting by Alexey Steele titled "Jacaranda Bloom. Culver City" 2021, oil on linen panel, 16in-x-20in   

In addition to these and other works for exhibition, Alexey has executed a series of plein-air studies, used to develop into finished paintings.

Landscape study by Artist Laureate Alexey Steele in 2021

Photograph of artwork, landscape study, by Alexey Steele, 2020

Artwork landscape study by Artist Laureate Alexey Steele in 2021

Photograph of artwork, landscape study, by Alexey Steele, 2020

Artwork landscape study by Artist Laureate Alexey Steele in 2021

Photograph of artwork, landscape study, by Alexey Steele, 2020

Artwork landscape study by Artist Laureate Alexey Steele in 2021

Photograph of artwork, landscape study, by Alexey Steele, 2020

Artwork landscape study by Artist Laureate Alexey Steele in 2021

Photograph of artwork, landscape study, by Alexey Steele, 2020

Artwork landscape study by Artist Laureate Alexey Steele in 2021

Photograph of artwork, landscape study, by Alexey Steele, 2020


 

 

Drawing by Alexey Steele titled "Dreaming. Torn Beauty Series" 2021,19inx15in, pastel pencil on cotton paper over oil painted panel

Dreaming. Torn Beauty Series by Alexey Steele 

Exhibition: Shades of Blue: Drawings, Watercolors and Works on Paper  

Dates: February 14th – March 12th, 2021
Location: DFN Projects, New York Artists Equity Association  

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Painting by Alexey Steele titled "Blue Sunset" 2021, oil on canvas, 12inx16in

Blue Sunset by Alexey Steele

Exhibition: Mars: An Artistic Mission, California Art Club 

Dates: February 18 – May 31, 2021
Location: Online exhibition in partnership with JPL in celebration of the Perseverance landing on Mars 

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Alexey Steele’s tenure as Culver City’s Artist Laureate began in early 2020 just as the Covid-19 pandemic began to impact the nation. Many of his initial plans were cancelled, postponed, or altered to accommodate the stay-at-home and social distancing orders but he also initiated new projects to meet the emergency needs of the community. 

 

Emergency Art Relief 

Artwork ready to add to emergency food packages

Photograph of Alexey Steele and boxes of printed artwork loaded in car to be attached to emergency food delivery

Artwork attached to emergency food packages

Photograph of food bags ready for delivery with artwork attached to bags

Artwork attached to emergency food package

Drawing for emergency food distribution showing flower with yellow happy face, butterfly, firepit and sun in sky,

Emergency food packages with artwork delivery

Photograph of Culver City firemen loading emergency food bags with artwork attached into vehicle for delivery

Emergency food package with artwork delivered

Photograph of man in wheelchair with covid mask holding emergency food bag with artwork attached

Early in the pandemic, Alexey developed an emergency art relief program he titled “Love My Neighbor 2 Prevail.” This project, which continued into 2021, was a collaboration with Culver City Parks & Recreation Service’s “Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Emergency Relief Food Drive and Distribution Program.” He arranged for the inclusion of uplifting artwork created by home-quarantined children to be included with the food. With their art, Culver City children were able to provide emotional support to their at-risk neighbors.

Drawing for emergency food distribution showing rose planted in pot on grass with butterfly and sun and clouds in sky, Stay Safe, Be Well, We Will Recover
Drawing for emergency food distribution showing people in two groups standing on grass with airplane, clouds and sun in sky above,
Drawing for emergency food distribution showing ocean with dolphin, turtle and fish swimming, seagull flying and rising sun,
Drawing for emergency food distribution showing rainbow
Drawing for emergency food distribution showing two birds on branches, one red/green/purple and one blue/black,
Drawing for food distribution of individual wearing sweats and mask, holding

 

Projecting Possibilities Exhibition 

Alexey was invited to open a unique public art show planned in response to the Covid emergency by the Helms Bakery District in partnership with the Culver Arts Foundation. The show “Projecting Possibilities” projected artwork viewable from the street and sidewalk at the Helms Design Center along Washington Blvd. The exhibition rotated artists every week and ran for over a year, combining the elements of a curated gallery show with the exposure and scale of public art. Alexey also assisted with development of procedures and protocols for the project and his participation included a filmed interview with Kids Scoop Media. 

 

Photograph of Helms Design Center windows showing exhibition "Projecting Possibilities" and featuring artist Alexey Steele including artist and portrait artwork

Watch the KidScoop Media interview with Alexey Steele

 

 

 

 

Photograph of Helms Design Center windows showing exhibition Projecting Possibilities and featuring artist Alexey Steele including landscape artwork

 

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Photograph of Helms Design Center windows showing exhibition Projecting Possibilities and featuring artist Alexey Steele including artwork, artist image, and artist description

 

Learn about Alexey Steele participation in Projecting Possibilities  

 

 

 

 

Love My Neighbor 

Alexey Steele’s Love My Neighbor – Culver City is an expansion of his Love My Neighbor project originally launched in Carson, CA. The portraits and drawing sessions will celebrate the community spirit of Culver City by highlighting a few special neighbors who play an active role in the community. For the first portrait, Alexey chose long time Culver City resident, poet, teacher, and Honorary Poet Laureate for Culver City, Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult.  

Alexey launched the Love My Neighbor Culver City project with the broadcast of a series of live portrait sessions with subject Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult. On three separate dates, Alexey live-streamed remote portrait sessions with Dr. Hoult, who remained in self-isolation in her home. She maintained visual contact with Steele via video conference that was transmitted onto a TV screen in the artists' studio in Long Beach. Each drawing session and his interaction with his model was then broadcast live via Facebook Live. Viewers were able to watch the portrait come to life, listen to Alexey’s commentary about his work and his conversations with Dr. Hoult, and even ask questions. The sessions were recorded and remain available for viewing. While Alexey hopes to soon return to in-person interaction with his models, he will continue to live stream future sessions to make the activity widely accessible. The drawing of Dr. Hoult was unveiled at an event at the new Culver City bookstore Village Well. 

Photograph of artist Alexey Steele in his studio drawing subject Janet Hoult in live stream session October 2020
Photograph of artist Alexey Steele drawing subject Janet Hoult in live stream session October 2020
Split photograph showing artist Alexey Steele's hand drawing subject Janet Hoult together with Janet in live stream session October 2020
Drawing by Alexey Steele of subject Janet Hoult, captured in live stream October 2020

Photograph of Rich Yamashita wearing uniform and face mask

Rich Yamashita

“For 10 years Rich led our own Culver City Cub Scout Pack 79, based out of the Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. His style is a remarkable mixture of understated calm and experienced confidence. Rich displayed critical leadership during the crisis of last year spending countless hours after his hard work at UCLA to keep the pack viable and active for kids and parents, even expanding it, and overseeing inclusion of girls into the pack.  He provided me with his energetic support in rallying kids staying at home to produce art for our Emergency Art Relief project. So it is particularly heartening right now to recognize Rich and the contributions of our awesome Asian American community to the rich and diverse fabric of our Culver City life.”  Alexey Steele, 08/2021

 

George Kahn

Photograph of George KahnGeorge Kahn is an award-winning pianist and composer who has released ten self-produced CDs. Kahn also raises funds for PATH Ventures, a nonprofit that supports  families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

"George is the perfect example of a local quiet hero that the Love My Neighbor project celebrates. He is my next door neighbor in the Blanco Park neighborhood of Culver City.  Along with his wife Diana, an esteemed singer herself, he put his art in the service of our neighbors during the most uncertain and fearful months of the Covid pandemic. In a remarkable socially-distanced Singing Rudman project, together, we were able to help lift spirits of our neighbors in the darkest hour with the essential and healing power of art,"  says Alexey Steele.

 

Watch Alexey Steele and the live Love My Neighbor portrait sessions:


Portrait #1: Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult

 

Portrait #2: Rich Yamashita

 

Portrait #3: George Kahn

 


Community Engagement 

 

During his tenure as Artist Laureate, Alexey has contributed to multiple City and community organizations, including Culver City’s Emergency Relief Task Force and General Plan Update group, Culver City Unified School District, Culver Arts Foundation, Creative Culver, and LA Goal, among others. 

Alexey also contributes to programs in Long Beach, where his studio is located, and in the City of Carson, working directly with Carson city leaders.