Ben Steele

"Baroque Coke"

Oil on canvas
72 x 48 in


"Marlboro Man"

Oil on canvas
55 x 50 in


"Dali Dog Show"

Oil on canvas
40 x 50 in


"Doubting Thomas"

Oil on canvas
42 x 57.5 in


"Vincent’s Dairy"

Oil on canvas
48 x 60 in


Ben Steele was born in Kennewick, WA in 1977 and relocated to Utah in his teens, graduating from University of Utah in 2002 with a BFA in painting and drawing. He continued his artistic education at the Helper Workshops under the instruction of David Dornan and Paul Davis, moving to Helper, UT for a multi-year internship with Dornan. He has been living and working in the small coal and railroad town ever since with his wife, Melanie, and their two sons.

In 2005, Steele began his first gallery relationship with CODA Gallery in Palm Desert, CA, which continues to this day. His work can also be found in: Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Santa Fe, NM; Big Sky, MT; and Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.

Artist statement

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.