Clintel Steed was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from Indiana University. He also completed Advanced Studies at the New York Studio School. His work has been in numerous exhibitions, recently his 2020 solo show “Allegory of Now” at M + B gallery in Los Angeles. His current solo exhibit at Mark Borghi, NY, “Under the Hood” is a response to the postponement of the Philip Guston retrospective.
From Mark Borghi, “Steed joins more than 2,000 artists in opposition, arguing that the decision silences an important conversation to be had . . . In Behind the Hood, Steed presents 24 figurative paintings – the same number of works that depicted Ku Klux Klan imagery in the Guston exhibition – that reference the prejudice experienced by Black Americans both in the past and present day.”
From M + B gallery, “Steed has made a suite of new paintings based on works by canonical painters such as David, Rubens, and Giotto. Selected for . . . such universal themes as loyalty, judgment, and punishment, each narrative remains relevant today and is a reflection of how the world feels to the artist now.”
Clintel is the recipient of the John Koch Award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters. Recent press includes Hyperallergic, Artcritical, and The New York Sun. He has taught at the New York Studio School since 2007 and also teaches at Pratt and at WCSU in the MFA painting programs.