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Steven Assael
Born 1957 in New York, NY
Lives and works in Flushing, NY
Michael and James, 1994
oil paint on canvas
84 x 42 inches
Purchased with funds from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1996.11
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Assael pursues his own brand of figurative realism which merges Old Master style with contemporary psychological drama and ambiguity. He examines formal and emotional contrasts in his paintings, encouraging viewers to provide narrative content. Here, as in other paintings, he casts firefighters as heroes without the complex political agendas often associated with other civic workers.