Steven Assael: Illusions of Reality
Naples Museum of Art
Steven Assael is a New York City native who received his education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. A gifted figurative realist painter, Assael is also a brilliant draftsman whose extraordinary pencil, charcoal and ink drawings are significant parts of his entire body of work. Assael’s compositions generally convey an ancient (or is it apocalyptic?) atmosphere, the contemporarily-garbed individuals characterized by an air of resigned melancholy. Assael’s paintings and drawings are represented in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Naples Museum of Art.