Paintings by Steve Redmond. This show focuses on Redmond’s years working on a houseboat, traveling from Vermont to Florida and the Gulf Coast.
Stephen Redmond began to paint in 1989 at the age of 40. Within a year he had designed and begun construction of a 32 foot houseboat-studio in his backyard, which he named Gesso. In August he sold his house in Burlington, Vermont, and in November started a painting journey down the East Coast.
The voyage took him 2700 miles down the Inter-coastal Waterway, across the middle of Florida, through lake Okeechobee, and out to the Gulf Coast, where he stopped in for a time in Sarasota. To make ends meet, Redmond worked as a bartender at a small city restaurant, Greer's Osprey Bar and Grill, and later in Punta Gorda, Florida as a dock-hand, pumping out yacht holding tanks.
By 1995, Gesso had been moved south, to a small rented dock, 8 miles up the Peace River. The river presented a constantly changing jungle-like landscape, populated by alligators, gar, soft-shell turtles, catfish and manatees. Redmond painted these prehistoric animals, as well as the people in the places he worked. His paintings reflect internal subjects and personal visions as well. The present show, at 118, Sarasota Incognita, brings together many of the paintings from that place and time, and others.
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