Vendor: Art by Steve
Location on Market Map: Upstairs, Booth 10
What’s available? Wall art, prints and cards created on and off-site by Steve Gerow and other local artists.
Steven Gerow, a local artist native to Northwestern Ontario, has quite the story behind the inspirations of his work. Always a creative soul, Steve began dabbling in drawing through a series of doodles at a young age. Steve was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at a young age, which forced him into a long recovery filled with doctor’s offices, bed rest and even the use of a wheelchair. Steve describes when the creative juices began to flow within his artistic mind, at the young age of 11. He sat watching the doctor outlining and explaining the progression of his disease through a chart of lines and circles which represented his skeleton and joints. It was that chart of shapes and lines that stuck in his mind, from which his own unique style of artistic renderings was born. Steve began doodling these renderings over everything as he continued to recover. He began experimenting with other types of art, including painting and stove carvings. Today, he has developed a collection of vibrant paintings amoung other pieces of artwork, including stove carvings, jewellery pendants, wood paintings and pen and ink drawings.
Steve is most known for his paintings. Bold and vibrant, his style reflects many of the wildlife species that call this area home, as well as many aspects of the boreal forest that surround this area. Each painting of a wildlife creature stems from the representation of a rib cage, similar to the one he first took notice upon in the doctor’s office during the recovery of his childhood disease. The bright colours used represent his love for the native culture of this area, which also plays a large role in the inspiration behind all of his work.
Steve is always open to taking on custom orders. In the past, he has done custom family portraits, paintings of family pets, and also designed the booth logo for Sleeping Giant Brewing Company’s market booth!