“Emotional... often times too near the edge.” describes both the artist and the Art of Steven S. Hook.
Steven has always worked in many mediums including poetry, sculpture, photography and others. However, the primary outlet of Steven's creative genius is expressing himself with paint in the abstract form.
It was at a very early age that Steven recognized he was an artist, even before he knew the meaning of the word. He cannot remember a time when he did not have a brush, crayon, pencil, or pen in his hand experimenting with new ways to create his magic.
Born January 3, 1948, it did not take long for Steven to push the artistic envelope of the blue-collar town of Waukegan, Illinois.
One of the earliest examples of his unique interpretation of the world around him occurred when his first grade teacher asked the class to draw baby ducklings. All the children predictably used yellow for their ducks, except for one youngster.
Steven painted an orange duckling..
The teacher inquired about Steven’s unusual duck. Steven simply replied baby ducks were orange, knowing quite well they are yellow.The surprised teacher concluded, Steven was a little different. It would not be until years later he would find out he was not just a little different, but a lot different.
In 1969, Steven began his formal art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was during this time Steven discovered Artist Willem de Kooning, among others which Steven now shares with others.
Today, Steven is living his childhood dream; he is officially different, never to grow up, An Artist.