Daniel Steeves (1959- ) was born in Riverview, New Brunswick. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Mount Allison University in 1981 and, since then, has been exhibiting his prints all around the world.
Steeves is an intaglio printmaker. He uses a lengthy process of etching with nitric acid on a zinc plate, which is then pressed onto special paper. He produces stark black and white images of local landscapes and domestic scenes, like houses with laundry blowing in the wind. Steeves says: “Everyday things are what interest me—things you see, but might not fully understand.” His seemingly ordinary scenes are often laced with rich, dream-like qualities that are full of emotion. Steeves’ prints challenge his audience to rethink notions of time, place, stability and permanence.
Steeves has produced numerous books throughout his career, including The Bone Fields (1983) and Things We Put on a Hill (1999). In 2004, he published a hand-printed limited edition book, The Light That Lives in the Darkness, in collaboration with writer Mark Harris. The book features original prints with corresponding prose responses. Steeves calls it “a visual and verbal dialogue about place and hope, and the difference that both can make in this life.”
Steeves has been teaching printmaking and watercolour at Mount Allison University for 24 years, and has been a visiting artist at institutions and galleries across Canada. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. His prints are represented internationally in both private and public galleries. In 2007, Steeves was the recipient of the prestigious Strathbutler Award for his contribution to the artistic community of New Brunswick. Steeves currently lives in Sackville, New Brunswick.