“In the right atmosphere, your creative dam will burst forth in a beautiful compassionate celebration. This will be the key to your success on all levels.”
“It will be my ability to get each subject, quietly and secretly, to unleash their creative powers, and in so doing, liberate them from their normal inhibitions, and into a state of trust, openness, and creative frenzy.”
“Nowadays, in our cities of steel, we still haven’t lost our need for ancient ritual. Our dances with masks and drum are alive in our bones. We are witch-doctors in designer jeans. The same sexual impulses rule our buying power, claw at our self-illusion. We get high, on whatever, and tune into our instinctual selves. We seek guides, need teachings. As we accumulate, we share, and thus we grow. The more evolved our sharing, the richer our growth.
Oh, beautiful evenings, when we truly share!”
“The images in Steven’s work cover the broadest possible range, from the commonplace to the most arcane. You will find a teaspoon, you will find a skull. There are drag-queens and Gods, fishes and angels, nudes and fools; trivia mingles with idealism, esoterica with kitch. He wants you to have a good time, he wants you to be transformed forever, he wants to trouble and amuse you, poke fun at you and put you in a sweat, he wants you to feel wonderful and we are all invited to the party he’s giving in heaven. Black tie optional: you might prefer yourself in polka dots and globs of golden goo.”
JAMES LEO HERLIHY, Author of MIDNIGHT COWBOY
” I believe it was Steven who actually initiated hippie dress in San Francisco, before it was fashionable.”
San Francisco Artist
Steven Arnold began the series from which this example is drawn in late 1974, shortly after his return from Spain, where he worked with Salvador Dali on the completion of his Theatre-Museum in Figueres. To see more of this series, and other examples of Arnold’s art, visit our GALLERY page.