Inside the Mind of an Art Lover

Steve Shane surrounded by a lot of Art
Steve Shane surrounded by a lot of Art
Let there be Light and ART
Let there be Light and ART

Some people love first edition rare books. Some people squirrel away gems into safes or keep bottles of fine wine in cellars. Whatever your pursuit that gives you pleasure in life, you need to do it with passion. In the sphere of the creatively inclined, therein exists the ART LOVER.  

One of these true blue art lovers is Steve Shane, He has been looking, loving and living with art. The love affair began in high school during a Humanities class when the teacher picked out Salvador Dali as the artist for him to do a class presentation on. Delving hours in the library to learn about the surrealist and other fascinating facets about art that it carried on to make him start acquiring contemporary art in the seventies, With his schedule inundated with gallery shows, studio visits, art fairs, museums and events – it was a rare privilege to be invited by Steve to sit in as he gives a talk about his passion for art. On that particular Monday night, MFA students from Pratt were there to take a master class and gleam nuggets of knowledge from the mind of an art lover.  

The Pratt MFA students joining in the Art Love
The Pratt MFA students joining in the Art Love
Living with Art in every room
Living with Art in every room

Steve’s criteria on what resonates best for him are works with a “sense of place”, “art about art”, “sense of humor”, and the dynamics of “seduction and repulsion”. Throughout the night, Steve singled out works of art and gave the back story on why it attracted him and earned its place on his wall. Students were encouraged to ask questions and perhaps learn from the passionate pursuit of Steve. He considers himself more of an art historian and every piece of art made its own imprint on his personal history.  

What did we take away and learn from this peek behind the curtain of someone with a passion for just loving art? Conformity to the status quo and following the prevailing trend are for speculators that treat art like commodity in the stock market. There is no rhyme and reason for acquiring art you want and to live with.  A unique and special force draws you to it and once you are enchanted – you are hooked for life. You might say the art bug has bitten Steve Shane but on the contrary, it is him who is taking a big slice out of life. The pleasure of living with art is certainly not for the faint of heart. After all, falling in love requires your pulse to race and your heart to beat faster. It is that unrelenting crescendo that keeps anyone on their toes and dance with abandon to the beat of their own drum.

 

Article written by: Oscar A. Laluyan

Photography by: Olya Turcihin

Great Art Presence
Great Art Presence. Work by Daniel Gordon
Steve Shane giving an insight of why certain art is a must have
Steve Shane giving an insight of why certain art is a must have
Up Close and Personal with the Art
Up Close and Personal with the Art. Work by Gunner Williams
Steve Shane pointing up to Art
Steve Shane pointing up to Art
(L-R) AF Publisher Jamie Martinez and Editor in Chief Oscar Laluyan with Steve Shane showing his acquisitions
(L-R) AF Publisher Jamie Martinez and Editor in Chief Oscar Laluyan with Steve Shane showing his acquisitions
Art on every surface
Art on every surface

 

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier’s firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

7 Comments
  1. Loved the piece Oscar! You absolutely captured “the essence” of Steve! Having grown up with a mother who is an art collector, she passed the gene down to all four of her daughters, so I totally “get” Steve! I would much rather spend my money on art than anything thing else! It’s wonderful that he gives so much of his time and knowledge to others!

  2. Wonderful article on a truly knowledgeable and passionate collector. Steve, it’s time for me to come by again to catch up on your newest acquisitions. Bravo to the writer, Oscar and to the photographer Olya for an article which captured the collecting spirit!

  3. Thanks to Steve for opening up his doors to give us a peek into the passionate and special world of living with art. ARTE FUSE likes to feature all the players in the art world. It is a vast and wonderful community. We strive to focus the mirror on the different facets that makes this world shine brilliantly.

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