Steven Plount (American b. 1952) is a painter of watercolors and Electronic Paintings.

He has been painting since his teen years. He began painting with oils at the age of 13 in the early 1960s. 

 He lives in Oregon and in India.
Mostly and Sometimes.  

He has a long resume, an AA, a BFA, and an MFA. He has worked at many different occupations with the thread of art-making weaving through them.

He is, as it was once said, “into” the spiritual and
transcendental and feels that the intimacy of watercolor painting on paper is a most beautiful medium for the personal expression of this interest. There are many reasons for that. A life of reasons. He is a Vaisnav, a Vendantist and also plays guitar and flute. He daydreams often and paints every day and sometimes late into the night and early mornings.


He has thought about the Spider Woman Star/Cross and Navajo, Hopi aesthetics/spiritual philosophies as well as the Santanan Dharma of Ancient India for many years.  And it has appeared often, in his work, since the late 1980s.These varigated concepts are related to his sojourn through color and form on the two-dimensional surface of expression and informs his
personal path “Walking in Beauty”, experiencing the phenomenal, here in the material world in a devoted pursuit of Truth and Beauty.

Sanskrit for Stars is Nakshatras.

Plount uses the language of painting as it has developed in both Western European and Asian histories/cultures/philosophies. He is interested in the intimacy and immediacy of mark-making in real-space and in cyberspace creating images of nature and human beings with a spiritual significance. 
 

"weren't you astonished
           by the discretion
                of human gesture
on Attic grave steles?

       Didn't love and parting
             sit so lightly
on shoulders
      that they seemed
         to be made of a substance
different from ours? 
        Do you recall
            how the hands rest
without any pressure
         though there is great
             strength in the torsos? 
Those figures spoke
        a language of self-mastery
              we've come to this point
this is us
             touching this way
                              the gods
may push us around
       but that is something
               for them to decide."        

Rainer Rilke, Duino Elegies, #2, translation: David Young, Oberlin College. 

 

S.P. 2014
{editied November 2018 ©sp}

Photoshop portrait June 2018.jpg

Selected Exhibits and Resume

2018   Any Sky, Watercolors. Lara Sydney Framing Gallery, Portland Oregon

2014-17  Birch Tree Acrylic on Birch Panel Paintings, Lotus and Chakra Watercolors
               
Hunt and Gather -Treasures for the Home and Soul, Pearl District, Portland OR

2013  Birch Tree Paintings and Lotus Watercolors Hunt and Gather -Treasures for the Home and Soul,
           Pearl District, Portland OR

2012  Birch Tree Paintings (Silver Sky Diptych and others) , Hunt and Gather. Pearl District, Portland OR 

            Sun Flowerhouse, Donation to Music As Medicine, Leftbank Annex, Portland OR
            
            Flowerhouse Paintings, Really Big Video, Portland, OR

            Eight Sky Buddhas Donation to Online Benefit Auction for Maitripa College, Portland OR

            13th Street First Thursday Arts Festival, Pearl District, Portland OR

2011    Drawings for Earthlings, Impermanent Natural Object Drawings at Sravasti Abbey. NewPort, WA

            Leaf Drawing, Tanner Springs Park Sidewalk, Portland OR

            The Foundation of All Good Qualities, Bid for Good, Online Benefit Auction for Maitripa College,
             Portland OR

            Sold! On Sisters, Sisters of the Road Online Auction, Portland, OR

            Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) Juried Art Auction, The Memorial Coliseum, Portland OR

2010  Hidden Among the Leaves, September/October, MilePost 5, Portland, OR 

            Small Works and a Commission, Crank Bike Shop, Portland, OR

            Five Monks, On the Occasion of the Building of the House of Colored Sand for the God of

            Compassion at the Portland Public Library, 2010, donated to the Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist

            Center and the Monks, Portland OR

            Sketchbook Project, Arthouse, Brooklyn NY, Atlanta GA

2009  The Future in Retrospect: COTR, Worksound,  Portland OR

            Manor of Art Invitational, Mile Post 5, Portland OR

            Brooklyn Comes East, Mill Creek, Long Island, NY

            Native Soul Youth Benefit Auction, Albuquerque, NM

2008  Night of a Thousand Drawings Benefit Artists Space, New York, NY 

            World Watercolor Painting Federation World Art Exhibit, Seoul, Korea

2007  MFA Thesis Exhibit, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

            Open Studios, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

            Book Arts, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, NY

2006   Spring, Autumn Open Studio, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

            World Watercolor Painting Federation World Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

2005  Small Gems Group Exhibit, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

            Autumn Open Studio, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

            Pratt Masters Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2004   Group Exhibit, Works on Paper, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

            Sap Demons Installation, HAZMAT Art Space @ Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO

            Odalisque and Untitled: Study for the Legend of St. Julien, Honors Thesis Exhibit, Metro State

            College of Denver’s Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO

            Quartets and New Paintings, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver CO

2003  Big Wallpaper, Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibit, Metro State Denver, CO

            Dreamscicle, ILK Art Space @ Pirate Gallery Open Show, Denver, CO

            A Lament, Curtis Center For the Humanities, Englewood, CO

            Momentum, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

            Written Image/Painted Word, Ten Laments, Invitational, Museum of Outdoor Art, Englewood, CO 

            Soft, Invitational, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

            Four Views of Denver, CoNet, Denver, CO

2002  Pulp; Works Of, On or About Paper, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

            Open Heart Project Art Auction, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

            Ten Laments, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

2001  Encaustic Evolution, Fresh Art, Denver, CO

            Four Views of Denver, CoNet, Denver, CO

2000   Open Studio, Denver, CO

1999    Abstract Paintings, Chair Series, Studio 1818, Denver, CO                

            Open Studio, Piggly Wiggly-McMarr Building Studios, Denver, CO

1996    Monothon 10, College of Santa Fe, NM

1995   Solo Exhibit, Paintings and Tapestries, Artists Series at Andre’s,

            Solo Exhibit, Pastels and Tapestries, Red One Gallery, Old Town, NM

1994   Black Tapestry: The River, Colorés Museum Invitational, Corrales, NM

1993   Pastels and Tapestries, Artists Series at Andre’s, Albuquerque, NM

            Savage Garden Series, Sanguine/Charcoal Drawings & Tapestry Albuquerque United Artists

            Visions of Excellence Juried Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM

            Savage Garden Series: Shroud. Annual Painting, Drawing, Sculpture and Print Juried Exhibit,                   
            Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM

1992  Manzano Mountain Spirits-The Anthropomorphs, Group Exhibit, Dartmouth Street Gallery,   

            Albuquerque, NM 

            Solo Exhibit: Paintings & Drawings, Spotted Dog Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1991     Solo Exhibit, Paintings & Drawings, La Mexicana Restaurant Albuquerque, NM

1990    Tapestries, Group Show at Weavings/Southwest, Taos NM

            Albuquerque United Artists, Juried Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM 

Education

  Master of Fine Arts,  Pratt Institute,  Brooklyn, NY

  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Music cum laude Metropolitan State Denver, CO

  Certificate Graphic Design. The Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Music and Fine Art, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

  Music, Shasta Junior College, Redding, CA
 

Awards

Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant, New York, NY

Pratt Institute, Graduate Painting Scholarship Drawing Resource Center Graduate Assistantship

 Metropolitan State University of Denver Vice-President’s Honor Roll 

Metropolitan State University of Denver President’s Honor Roll

Golden Key International Honor Society, Colorado Scholars Scholarship