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Steven Tette

Steven Tette at Leigh and Paige Fine ArtI am above all a Realist. No, an American Realist. To be more precise, An African-American Realist. Realism serves as the foundation for my art, whether it is in two or three dimensions. Most of my work could be categorized as portraiture, but I do not limit myself to any specific genre of art. I will use a wide range of artistic media such as, painting, drawing, even chulk, and subjects, people, places and things, to achieve my goals. Some of my artistic influences are, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jan Van Eyck, Augusta Savage, Gustave Courbet, Palmer Hayden, and John Singer Sargent. Some of my contemporary influences are Kehinde Wiley, Bo Bartlett, and Paul Collins. I work in a conservative manner. I use oil paint and other materials the same way they have been used for hundreds of years. However, my work reflects a contemporary African-American experience. An experience that is unique to me, but shared with so many more. To see my work, one just might believe that the product of my labor is most important to me. This is far from true, it is the process in which I find my peace.