Mignon Steele’s work is an exploration of paint as matter. While many contemporary artists reject traditional media, Steele waltzes a deep romance with paint, viscosity and colour. The paintings are largely about themselves, problems; created and solved. History and enigmatic colour build a patina, and with the wry twist from a naïve heart and hand, each mark unravels. Each artwork struggles to address what is vitally compulsive in creative work, to paint what she cannot help but paint.”
Based in the Illawarra, Steele’s recent exhibitions include shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Her ongoing collaboration as a colourist with Barnacle Studios works in parallel. She shifts effortlessly from her well-established painting practice to mural work on architectural walls and other surfaces, permanent or transitory.