'This book derives from an ongoing conceptual desire to bridge my world as a songwriter to my world as a painter in one unique package. From the swirling light drifting through my home under the Canadian prairie sky and beyond, I have interpreted new songs in paint and interpreted new paintings in song resulting in the dancing narrative of music, poetry and pictures I call 'Paint Songs'. Of course nothing is complete without the most important interpretation of all, Yours!'
This large hardcover book presents 84 unique train car collages of ink, oil and acrylic by Canadian painter Steve Coffey. Conceptually driven, Fallen Star Cars is a sometimes emotional, sometimes tongue in cheek ode to our own mortality and human condition. Celebrated upon that that has linked us most- art, music and a train.
'Morning' was painted at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic. Steve describes it as an attempt to capture the shift of seasons and a metaphorical call to accept the swirl and chaos of change, while also embracing the warmth and safety of being “home”. That sense of security of course requires hard work and companionship. We’ve therefore imbued the puzzle with traditional elements of rural farm life: tools both old and new, animals both kept and wild, various patterns of landscapes, and people in relationship with nature that makes life sing with a certain musicality of being. Take a breather, slow down and stare up into those turbulent skies. Let your mind drift and allow a little pareidolia to set in while listening to Steve’s Paint Songs album. Who knows what shapes might develop and emerge from this one particular Polaroid out of Steve’s impressive memory vault. “I believe tempo is embedded in our conscious landscape and the physical heart forever reminds us. Musicality directs holistically; it's just whether or not we are willing to listen for it and in turn utilize it to problem solve - aka: create. Essentially this is who I am.” - Steve Coffey
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