Those familiar with the history of landscape painting may see in Toronto-based Steve Driscoll’s work links to North American and European Transcendentalism. This 19th Century movement consisted of philosophers, poets and painters – such as Kant, Thoreau, the American Hudson River School and, later, Canada’s Group of Seven, who saw an inherent goodness in humankind and a transformative spirituality in nature. Although Driscoll draws inspiration from this long tradition of landscape painting, his work is thoroughly contemporary. Using a unique combination of materials – oil paints embedded in urethane – Driscoll’s paintings translate the magic and wonder of the natural world for a 21st Century audience.
In 2016, Driscoll exhibited a monumental installation, Just a Sliver of the Room, at Angell Gallery in Toronto. He created an immersive experience by flooding the gallery space with 2000 gallons of water, providing an escape to nature in downtown Toronto. Driscoll has shown across Canada, including a significant survey of work at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, during the summer of 2017. His work has been featured in publications such as The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Toronto Life and Canadian Art, and can be found in the collections of TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Nordstrom, The Four Seasons, Seneca College, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.