What He Does: Mixed media is kind of a loaded term when describing art. It can indicate a multi-dimensional work of genius, or one thing someone simply splattered with paint and glued more things onto. Steven Trimble, though, is definitely the real deal. His pieces are largely paintings but call to mind street art more than typical portraits and landscapes. He works with spray paint, newspaper, grease markers, acrylic paints and grit to make evocative images that punch like revolutionary propaganda.
A graphic designer by trade, Trimble started down this path in 1999 when he founded a clothing brand by the name of solidskin independent klothing with a couple of friends. The designs that would eventually transition into his current art started out as T-shirts. Now they've achieved a life of their own.
Why He Likes It: "Any time I finish a painting, I feel like I'm king of the world for like 17 minutes. Pushing through a project or a new piece of art can often be almost painful, but at the end of the day, my art is like my therapy. I can't help but feel like a weight has been lifted upon completion."
What Inspires Him: Music is a big part of Trimble's work process. He mostly likes electronica these days, and the harsh industrial tones come through in his latest work. However, he'll listen to anyone who can paint a picture with song.
His personal heroes include Banksy because Trimble loves the idea that everything is art, and everything can be art. In the local scene, he likes Taft McWhorter for the brilliance of his work and the genuineness of his demeanor.
If Not Here, Then Where: "Wait, so there are other places to live than Texas? In 2004, I almost moved to New York. That is about the only place in the world I've ever stepped into and felt totally comfortable. Somehow the Houston suburbs have kept a death grip on me. Although I can see myself getting out of the suburbs, I don't see myself ever leaving Texas."
If Not This, Then What: Trimble likes electronics, not just electronic music. He feels at home with a tangle of wires trying to get equipment up and running, and likes the mix of chaos and order.
What's Next: "I also play music under the name Saturn Will Not Sleep. I've been working on a short record for the last year, and working on the show to go along with that. It's becoming sort of this live experience. All these 'vintage' television sets, a massive amount of lights, and all of it synced up with the music. It's nuts. As far as the art goes, I've been working on booking events in Houston starting in November, and in Austin and San Antonio as I finish up the 2014 work."
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