Steele, Ben

Born in Kennewick, Washington, Steele relocated to Utah in his teens, graduating from the University of Utah in 2002 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. He continued his education at the Helper Workshops, an art education and apprenticeship program in Helper, Utah, under the instruction of artists David Dornan and Paul Davis. He currently lives in Helper with his family.

With an education built upon classical training, Steele enjoys utilizing the processes of the old masters with a contemporary sensibility; never staying in one place for too long.

The result is a wide-ranging body of work, not always still life, portraiture or landscape but often somewhere in between. His melding of art history and pop culture references with a classic glaze and scumble technique keeps his ever-changing process current, fresh and exciting.


Oil on Canvas


Ben Steele often considers himself to  be on the outside of the Art World looking in. Rather than fitting into a specific movement, he might best be described as an art chameleon, his work commenting on the whole history of art.  His skills encompass many different painting  processes and styles; his work radiates, with warmth and humor, a keen appreciation of art and contemporary culture.