Maritime signal flags in recent paintings of mine indicate messages like “man overboard,” “call shore,” or “I am trying to communicate with you.” These flags, resembling twentieth-century abstractions in primary colors, were used to communicate emergency, uncertainty at sea, or navigational intention. Like wind maps, elevation charts, and other informational signage, they suggest ongoing or predictive experiences in the landscape.

My work emphasizes the physical, symbolic, and optical qualities of paintings; stacked canvases in relief, framing elements, window-like forms, cultural and experiential use of color, signage, and changes in facture and surface. These forms constitute an abstract aesthetic framework that embodies analogs to contemporary visual communication; what is physically real and what is illusion? What reveals and what obscures? What’s fixed and what’s in flux? I work to locate physical and psychological experiences of the natural world within these representational, language-based systems.

STEVE BUDINGTON most recently exhibited his work in Vienna, Austria, at the ClubClub Wien, and at the Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont. He is a 2019-20 recipient of the Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. He has shown his work in New York, at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Fordham University, and Exit Art; San Francisco, at the Mirus Gallery; Los Angeles, at Whittier College; and in Italy, at the Fondazione Ambrosetti Arte Contemporanea in Brescia. He has been awarded residencies at Hotel Pupik Schrattenberg in Austria, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Monhegan Island Residency program in Maine. The artist has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, The Herron School of Art and Design, and currently at the University of Vermont. Steve Budington lives with his wife (writer, Penelope Cray), son, and daughter, in northern Vermont. He received an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale School of Art and his BFA in painting and art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with additional studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture.