Charlene Steen

Mixed Media

Charlene Steen is an abstract acrylic and monotype artist. A graduate in Art from
UCLA, with a master’s degree in art history, she taught art and art history at
California State University Long Beach, UCLA, and Van Nuys High School. She
was also an art critic for Artforum Magazine and a number of newspapers.
Her work has been exhibited at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Napa
Expo (First Prize Winner), Benicia Arts, Las Laguna Gallery, Novato City Offices
Gallery, Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery (People’s Choice Award), Healdsburg
Center for the Arts, Art Escape - Sonoma, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts - Mill
Valley, Main Street Arts - Martinez, Art Cottage - Condord, Crocker Museum
(virtual), Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery - San ramon, Mare Island Art Studios,
Orinda Library gallery, Quest Unitarian Church - Novato, Bezos Restaurant -
Novato, and is in a number of private collections. She is scheduled to have solo
shows this fall at the Napa Library and at the Gallerie Valerie in Crockett.

I have been interested in all of the arts ever since I can remember. As a child I
was fortunate to travel much of the world and began to recognize the richness of
our planet.
My acrylics are dynamic abstract expressions of my inner landscape. Textures,
movement, and colors all combine to produce an emotional visual image. Paints
are applied spontaneously with rollers and brushes. Sawdust and wood bits
explode over the surface. Dots and drips further enliven the imagery.
My concern for the planet has also let me to produce a series of abstract
paintings using recycled materials.
My monotypes either incorporate human abstraction in a mystical unreal
environment or are abstract, often using string and twine and occasional drawing,
to delve into the inner world of the subconscious.
Still different are my drawings which incorporate body parts, animals, flags, etc.
in a neo-Bosch-like aura.