About the Artist
The artist Steve Mennie was born in Revelstoke, B.C. February 28, 1945. He attended the Ontario College of Art when most B.C. art students went to the Emily Carr in Vancouver. While at the OCA Steve had the good fortune to be a student of Eric Freifeld one of Canada's prominent drawing instructors. Freifeld was a teacher at OCA from 1946 to 1980 working mainly in pencil, graphite, charcoal and watercolour. During his Toronto student days Steve worked as a freelance illustrator for commercial projects in eastern Canada and received awards of merit from the Toronto/Montreal Art Directors Club. Upon his return to B.C. he settled in Salmon Arm in the Shuswap Lake country of B.C. The mid 80's brought notoriety to Steve in the form of two commissions from Canada Post to design stamps; one for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nellie McClung and the second to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the postal service in Canada. Over the years Steve has been involved in more than 40 exhibitions across Canada to date starting with his first exhibition at the DeVooght Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. in 1979. Steve's has produced works in a variety of artistic media including serigraphs, oil and acrylic paintings. Steve currently lives and works in Salmon Arm, B.C.
Comments on the Work
Steve's highly realistic serigraph "Water Bodies, 1987" is a brilliant homage to paddlers everywhere. Based upon a visit to Gun Lake near Lillioet, B.C. in the 1980's he has captured the ultimate soft early morning on a glassy lake surface. A serigraph is a print process and one of the oldest forms of printing. A print produced using this process is also referred to as a silkscreen where ink is forced through a fine mesh screen with a rubber squeegee. Steve's serigraphs are not digital or photo-mechanical reproductions of paintings the colours are printed individually using a hand prepared stencil. Steve forces ink thru the fabric with the squeegee resulting in the ink being printed on the paper. The screen is cleaned and ready for the next stencil and next colour. For "Water Bodies, 1987" Steve utilized 20 screens to complete each serigraph and the limited number of prints in the edition is 90. Water Bodies, 1987 is the only serigraph in the canoe collection.