Among the great innovators of contemporary painting, with a lifelong commitment to drawing and printmaking, Pat Steir first came to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s for her iconographic canvases and immersive wall drawings.
Pat Steir, Dragon Tooth Waterfall, 1990 © Pat Steir
Pat Steir, Middle Lhamo Waterfall, 1992 © Pat Steir
By the late 1980s, her inventive approach to painting—the rigorous pouring technique seen in her Waterfall works, in which she harnessed the forces of gravity and gesture to achieve works of astonishing lyricism—attracted substantial critical acclaim. Informed by a deep engagement with art history and Eastern philosophy, and a passion for artistic advocacy in the both the visual and literary realms, Steir’s storied five-decade career continues to reach new heights through an intrepid commitment to material exploration and experimentation.