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Jeffrey Steele

Five Quasi-identical ovidal forms

62 x 52 cm

dry powder pigment with gum Arabic on paper

1960





Jeffrey Steele (born 1931) is a British abstract painter. He grew up in Cardiff, Wales. During the 1950s he experimented with representational styles. In Paris in 1959 he encountered the work of geometric abstractionists such as Victor Vasarely and Max Bill, and adopted a lifelong abstract approach. For eight years he worked purely in black and white and was identified with the Op-art movement. He has participated in more than 100 group exhibitions in Europe and the Americas and had 17 one-man shows and been featured in many groundbreaking shows, including the Responsive Eye, at MoMA and Dynamo, at the Grand Palais in Paris. He lectured in fine art in Portsmouth, Hampshire, from 1968 to 1989. His work is kept in many major museums including: Tate Britian, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires; Walker Art Centre; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; British Museum, London, etc.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1961 -Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1963-Dillwyn Gallery, Swansea, Wales
1964 -Regional College of Art Gallery, Manchester -Grabowski Gallery, London
1966- McRoberts and Tunnard, London
1967-Sheffield University Art Gallery
1974 -Lucy Milton Gallery, London -Galerie Média, Neuchâtel
1976-Le Disque Rouge, Brussels
1977-Galerie Gilles Gheerbrant, Montreal -Galerie Swart, Amsterdam
1978 - Galerie Swart, Amsterdam
1979 -Galerie Lydia Megert, Bern
1989 -Galleria Seno, Milan
1992 -Clare Hall, Cambridge
1998 -Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
2008 -Association Maison Blanche, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1961 -"Young Contemporaries", Artists' International Association (AIA), London
"Four Young Contemporaries", Paris Gallery, London
1962 "Geometric Variations", Paris Gallery, London
"The Geometric Environment", AIA, London
1963 "John Moores Liverpool Exhibition", Walker Gallery, Liverpool "Twelve Artists", Qantas Gallery, London "Paintings of Sensibilité", Paris Gallery, London "Contemporary Art Society for Wales", National Museum, Cardiff
1964 "Seven '64", McRoberts & Tunnard, London "September International", Grosvenor Gallery, London
1965 "The Responsive Eye", Museum of Modern Art, New York (and tour) "Summer Exhibition", Redfern Gallery, London
1966 "Kinetic Art", Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and Ulster Museum, Belfast "Ten '66", McRoberts & Tunnard, London
1967 "Pittsburgh International Exhibition", Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
1968 "Cybernetic Serendipity", Institute of Contemporary Arts, London "Grabowski 100", Grabowski Gallery, London
1969 "British Movements", Onnasch Gallery, Berlin "Systeemi", Amos Andersonin Taidemuseo, Helsinki
1972 "Systems", Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (and tour) "Movement", Lucy Milton Gallery, London "System", Lucy Milton Gallery, London
1973 "Systems II", Polytechnic of Central London "Engelse Systematische Kunst", Galerie Swart, Amsterdam
1975 "Britanniasta '75", Taidehalli, Helsinki "Dilworth, Kidner, Steele", Galerie Jacomo-Santiveri, Paris "Zeichningen", Galerie Lydia Megert, Bern "Kunstmesse", Düsseldorf "Kunstmesse", Basle
1976 "Engelse en Nederlandse Rationele Tekeningen", De Volle Maan, Delft, Netherlands "System + Program", Galerie Teatru Studio, Warsaw "Systèmes et Séries", Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon, France (and tour) "Art Génératif", Galerie Gilles Gheerbrant, Montreal "Kunstmesse", Basle "Parutions", Galerie Média, Neuchåtel, Switzerland "Systematici op Kleinformat", Multi Art Points, Amsterdam "Rational Concepts, English Drawings”, Kunstcentrum Badhuis, Gorinchem, Netherlands (and tour)
1977 "Dilworth, Hughes, Lowe, Steele", Annely Juda Fine Art, London "Sul Concetto di Serie", Museo Civico, Varese, Italy (and tour) "Rational Konzepte", Galerie Lydia Megert, Bern "Kunstmesse", Cologne
1978 "Czwarty Wymiar w Czworobiku", Galerie Teatru Studio, Warsaw (and tour) "Constructive Context", Warehouse Gallery, London (and tour) "Rational Practice", Gardner Centre Gallery, University of Sussex, UK "Maximal-Minimal", Amos Anderson Museum, Taidemuseo, Helsinki (and tour) "Dilworth, Lowe, Steele", Sally East Gallery, London "Kunstmesse", Basle
1979 "Art Construit", Le Disque Rouge, Brussels "Kunstmesse", Basle
1980 "8 plus 8", Annely Juda Fine Art, London "Portsmouth-Duisberg Link", Portsmouth City Art Gallery/Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg, West Germany
1983 "L'Art Exact", Modernism Gallery, San Francisco "Arte Programmata e Cinetica 1953-1963", Palazzo Reale, Milan "XIV Mednarodni Graficni Bienal", Ljubljana, Slovenia
1984 "VII Norske Internasjonale Grafikk Biennale", Fredrikstad, Norway "Constructivist Tendencies in Europe", Galerie Konstruktiv Tendens, Stockholm "Nuevas Adquisiciones", Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela "Male Jest Piekne", Galerie Zapiecek, Warsaw
1985 "Colour Presentations", Gardner Centre Gallery, University of Sussex, UK (and tour) "Formal Systems Instantiated as Finished Drawings", Exhibiting Space, London "Boundaries", Exhibiting Space, London "Konkret Fünf", Kunsthaus, Nuremberg
1986 "Arte e Scienza (Sezione Colore)", Venice Biennale, Italy "Systematic Constructive Drawings"; Wentworth Gallery, University of York, UK "A Celebration of the Visual Arts in Portsmouth", Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth "Third International Contemporary Art Fair", Olympia, London "On the Concept of Colour Presentations", Exhibiting Space, London
1987 "Aspects of Programmed Art", Galerie Schoeller, Dusseldorf "Inaugural Exhibition", Patricia Knight Gallery, London
1988 "Exacta", Galerie im Stadthaus, Klagenfurt, Austria "Black and White", Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Comune di Ferrara, Italy
1990 "Britisch-Systematisch", Stiftung für Konstruktive und Konkrete Kunst, Zurich "Costruttivismo, Concretismo e Cinevisualismo Internazionale", Arte Struktura, Milan
1991 "Collezione ABV", Salone del Mobile, Fiera di Milano, Italy "Kolekcja Sztuki XXw" Galeria Zacheta, Warsaw
1992 "La Collection du Musée Lodz", Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
1993 "Post-war Art", Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
1994 "Drucke + Multiples", März Galerien, Mannheim, German "Creating a Vision ", Russell-Cotes Collection, Bournemouth, UK "Kolor w Grafice", Muzeum Okregowe, Torun, Poland "Svetovna Imena Konstruktivizmardquo;, Galerija cd Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia "Dialogos — l'arte costruisce la'europa", Museo delle Collezioni, Bucharest
1995 "Protagonistov Konstruktivne Umnetnosti", Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia "Words", Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
1996 "Gli Anni Sessanta", Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Milan "Lumière et Mouvement", Galerie Denise René, Paris "Insights", Russell-Cotes Collection, Bournemouth, UK
1997 "Abstract-Optical-Kinetic", Belgrave Gallery, London
1998 "Okuninka '97", Muzeum Okregowe w Chelmie, Poland
1999 "Sztuka Konkretna/Abstrakcja", Goethe Institut, Krakow, Poland "Creu Cymuned o Arlunwyr", National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales "12 Norsk Internasjonal Grafikk Triennale", Fredrikstad, Norway "Anthony Hill, Jeffrey Steele, Peter Lowe", Galeria Stara, Lublin, Poland
2000 "Hill, Lowe, Raczko, Steele, Sztabinski, Winiarski", Galeria Kuchnia, Warsaw "Miedzynarodowe Triennale Grafiki", Panstwowe Galeria Sztuki, Torun, Poland "Grafica Opera Prima", Muzeum Okregowe w Torunin, Torun, Poland
2001 "Amiche Volissimevolmente", Trevi Flash Art Museum, Rome
2002 "Bianco e Nero", Vismara Arte, Milan " 22 iz buducnosti za buducnost Vukovara", Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, Zagreb, Croatia (and tour) "Grafica Opera Prima", Galeria Akademii Sztuk Pieknych, Lodz, Poland (and tour) "Kolekcja Sztuki Wspotczesnej", Museum Chelmskie w Chetmie, Barczynska, Poland
2003 "Konstrucktive Kunst aus England", Stadtbucherei Niebüll, Niebüll, Germany "L'Arte del Movimento/dal Futurismo alla Video-arte", Casa del Mantegna, Mantova, Italy
2004 "33 Protagonists of Avant-garde Movements", European Cultural Society Foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia "Les Editions Média de Neuchatel, une Sélection", Musée des Beaux-Arts La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland "Abstraction and Metaphor", Zamek w Janowiec nad Wis, Poland "Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru", Newport, Wales
2005 "Exacta. Dal Costruttivismo all'Arte Sistemica 1918-1985", NT Art Gallery, Bologna "40 grafica Opera Prima", Muzeum Milana Dobesa, Bratislava, Slovakia "Prague Biennale 2", Prague "Elements of Abstraction", Southampton City Art Gallery, UK "Werken Aan De Toekomst Van Een Culturstad", Symposium Gorinchem, Netherlands
2006 "Sztuka Optyczna i Kinetyczna", Muzeum Chelmskie, W Chelmie, Poland "European Neo-Constructivism of 1930-2000", Moscow Museum of Modern Art (and tour) "In Omaggio a Paolo Minoli", Casa per l'Arte, Cantu, Italy "Op-Art", Galerie Latzer, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland "Arte Cinetica", Spazzio Boccioni, Milan
2007 "Towards a Rational Aesthetic"; Osborne Samuel Gallery, London "Swingujacy Londyn-Kolekcja Grabowskiego", Museum Sztuki w Lodzi, Poland "Circa 1967", Milton Keynes Gallery, UK
2008 "Razumsko Oko, Mednarodni Graficni", Likovni Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia "A Rational Aesthetic", Southampton City Art Gallery, UK "L'Arte Costruisce L'Europa, Arte Struktura", Milan (and tour)
2009 "Studio Exhibition", Curated by Trevor Clarke, London "Twentieth Century British Art", Osborne Samuel Gallery, London
2010 "System Construction Creation", Osborne Samuel Gallery, London
2011 "Black and White", Komart Gallery, Berlin "Dalla Intuizione alla Projrammazione 1921-2009", Lipari, Italy "The Conversation", Von Bartha Collection, Basle "Construction and its Shadow" Leeds City Art Gallery, UK
2012 "Kontinuität und Erneuerung", Galerie Reckermann, Cologne "Concrete Parallels/Concretos Paralelos", Cultura Inglesa, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2013 "Frieze Masters, London", Dan Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil "Experiment in Time", Laurent Delaye Gallery, London "Printiau'r Cyhoeddi", Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff "Dynamo, Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l'art 1913-2013", Grand Palais, Paris
2014 "Conversations Around Marlow Moss", &Model Gallery, Leeds "Patch of Yellow Wall", Lion and Lamb Gallery, London "Automatic Art", GV Art Gallery, London "The Social Bases of Abstract Art", UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent, UK "44 Protagonists of the Responsive Eye, Now and Then", Galleria Orler, Mestre, Italy
2016 "Spotlight on Systems", Tate Britain, London
2017 "British Constructivism", Pallant House, Chichester, UK
2018 "Action-Reacttion, 100 years of kinetic art," Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Holland


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Tate Britain, London
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
British Museum, London
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Government Art Collection, London
City Art Gallery, Leeds
City Art Gallery, Newport, Wales
City Art Gallery, Oldham
City Art Gallery, Portsmouth
City Art Gallery, Southampton
City Art Gallery, Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
University of Sterling
University of Sussex
University of Swansea
Welsh Arts Council
Contemporary Arts Society, Wales
British Council, London
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki
Sztuki Museum, Lodz, Poland
Chetmskie Museum, w Chelmie, Poland
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam
Museum of Modern Art, Ciudad Bolivar
Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva
Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland
Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
The Mondriaanhuis/Archive 90 Reference, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Milana Dobesa Museum, Bratislava
Sammlung Ruppert, Würzburg