By Fernando Rodriguez
Steve Balcourt’s photograph “The Boy With a Fox” has been accepted into the 23rd West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History’s 23rd. Biennial WV Juried Exhibition and will be exhibited at the Culture Center from November 5, 2023, to February 10, 2024.
Steve and Gail Balcourt are long-time residents of Braxton County, having arrived here in the mid 1970s.
Steve was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was encouraged to develop his art by his father, a photo-realist painter and illustrator of book covers and movie posters in his studio in Manhattan.
Steve attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and studied commercial photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. Steve’s photography artwork follows the original methods of printmaking and film developing using large-format cameras. His photographs are captured mostly by an 8 x 10 wood field camera, using old Goerz Dagor and Artar lenses, and then uses Silver Chloride and Platinum/Palladium to produce the finished prints in the original captures sizes. Steve’s photographic styles are influenced by artists Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock, Paul Strand, Brett Weston, Minor White, and Paul Caponigro. His favorite subjects are usually found in uninhabited, light-struck spaces and “take a meditative and contemplative approach to image-making.”
“The Boy With a Fox” will be eligible for one of eighteen awards ranging from a $500 Merit Award to a $5,000 Governor’s Awards made available through the WV Commission on the Arts and the WVDACH with funds appropriated by the WV Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. I find it redundant to mention the importance of supporting the promotion of the Arts in West Virginia, especially in an environment of budgets cuts and neglect for such. I urge you to support Steve’s and other WV artists included in this exhibition.
Visit the exhibitions at the Theater Gallery, Balcony Gallery, and Commissioner’s Gallery at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, West Virginia beginning with the Opening Reception at 2 p. m. on November 5, 2023, and on display through February 10, 2024.
For more information visit the WVDACH Website at https://wvculture.org/
View more of Steve Ballcourt, Photographic Artist’s beautiful work on his Website https://stevebalcourtphoto.com/ Contact Steve at [email protected]
Support your local artists, encourage your children to take inspiration in the world of Art.
By Fernando Rodriguez