Steven Lush, AWS, TWSA, ASMA

Biography




 


It was the artistic family where he grew up that gave Steve his first inspirations. As young boy Steve was fascinated with the pen and ink drawings of Saul Steinberg as depicted in issues of the New Yorker magazine. He would create his own renderings and spent hours drawing and making up cartoon images with captions. Later, after graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy he discovered his love for traveling. He has traveled extensively throughout the world including India, the Mediterranean countries, Africa and the South Pacific.

The many countries, cultures and colors fueled his artistic vision. He started to paint in watercolor after discovering the work of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

Since then his art has expanded to multiple mediums (oil, acrylics and pastel) including model ship building and classical guitar.

“Since I am mostly self-taught I do not approach any of my subject matter from an established protocol. I am mostly interested in light and how it transforms that which it envelops. Whatever medium I choose I lean toward the application of strong brush strokes saturated with color. I am constantly trying to evoke a mood rather than a realistic clarity by blending precision with freedom.”

 

Steve is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS). Steve is an Artist Member of theRockport Art Association, Rockport, MA. the Northshore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA. and the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP). Steve is a Master Model Shipwright member of the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA.

 

Steve’s art is part of many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Italy, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT., the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP), The Heritage Asset Collection at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT., the Stevens Memorial Library, North Andover, MA. ,the Noble Maritime Museum, Staten Is., NY., and the Customs House Maritime Museum, Newburyport, MA.

 

Steve's artwork was featured in the 2014 HBO mini-series "Olive Kitteredge" starring Frances McDormond, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray.

 

Steve is represented by the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. and the Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA.

 

National and International Exhibitions:

 

  •  145th, 148th and 149th Annual International Exhibitions of the American Watercolor Society, 2012, 2015 and 2016, Salmagundi Club, NYC
  • 15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists, 8 venues around the USA, 2011 to 2013
  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America National Exhibitions 2010, 2013 and 2017 in Kenosha, WI.
  • Watercolor U.S.A. 2010 and 2013, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, MO.
  • 29th and 31st Annual Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors 2010 and 2012, Old Forge, N.Y.
  • 29th, 33rd, 34th, 35th and 36th Annual International Maritime Art Exhibitions, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.
  • American Society of Marine Artists Regional Exhibitions 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • 17th,18th and 19th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition 2010, 2011 and 2012 Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.
  • US Coast Guard Art Exhibition and Permanent Art Collection acquisition, June 2013 and 2014 (special exhibition of 18 selected works from the USCG collection), Salmagundi Club, NYC.
  • Star Spangled Nation, a 5 venue War of 1812 themed maritime art exhibition produced by the American Society of Marine Artists, September 2013 thru December 2014
  • Water Views: XXI Century Landscape Watercolorists, invitational exhibition at the Artsbox Cultural Center, Contra San Paolo 23, Vicenza, Asiago, Andria and Milan Italy, April 12, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
  • "Year of the Coast Guard" exhibition at the Navy Memorial and Heritage Center, Washington, DC, April 11, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (10 selected works from the USCG collection).

Awards:

 

2016

 

  • 1ST Place Award, "Unexpected 3", Experimental Art Group of the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.

 

2015

  • "Lynn and Steve Cantor Memorial Award" (excellence in watercolor), Winter Group Show, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.
  • "John P. Manship Memorial Award" (excellence in painting an urban setting), 2nd Summer Show, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.
  • "Don Stone Memorial" (excellence in painting), 4th Summer Show, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.

2014

  • "Excellence in any Medium", Spring Group ShowRockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.
  • "New England Watercolor Society Award" (excellence in watercolor), Exhibition II, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
  • "Kitty Parsons Memorial Award" (excellence in painting), 4th Summer Show, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.
  • "Gladys Poor Memorial Award" (excellence in watercolor), Exhibition V, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
  • "Best in Show Award", Annual Members Show, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell MA.

2013

  • Winslow Homer Special Merit Award”, Transparent Watercolor Society, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI.
  • Museum Purchase Award”, 34th International Maritime Art Exhibit, Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Ct.
  • Popular Vote Award”, Members Exhibition III, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.

2012

  • Whistler Award”, Whistler House Museum Annual Members Juried Exhibition, Lowell, MA.
  • Virginia Avery Award”, New England Watercolor Society’s Member’s Exhibition, Emmanuel Church, Boston, Ma.
  • Mariboe-Swift Memorial Award”, Rockport Art Association First Summer Exhibition, Rockport, Ma.
  • 2nd Place Award”, Discovering New England Exhibition Chabot Gallery, Providence, R.I.
  • Marjorie Romyns Memorial Award”, Rockport Art Association Third Summer Exhibition, Rockport, Ma.

2011

  • Jean Collins Award" (excellence in watercolor), North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
  • Director’s Award” 18th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.
  • Popular Vote Award” North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
  • Windsor Newton Purchase Award (excellence in watercolor), North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
  • Edythe S. Ghen Memorial Award" (excellence in watercolor), North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.
  • Honorable Mention” Annual Spring Members Exhibition, New England Watercolor Society, Boston, MA.

2010

  • Lehmann Memorial Award” Transparent Watercolor Society, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI.
  • Genevera Underwood Award" (excellence in watercolor), Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA.
  • Silver Medal” USS Constituion Model Shipwright Guild’s Annual Model Ship Exhibition 2010, Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA.
  • Popular Vote Award” North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA.

2008

  • Museum Purchase Award” 29th Annual International Maritime Art Exhibition, Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.
  • Painters Award” Concord Art Association, Concord, MA.
  • Gold Medal” USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild Annual Model Ship Exhibition, Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA.
  • Honorable Mention” International Waters Exhibit of the International Society of Marine Painters, Ventura County Maritime Museum, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA.

 

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