surf artist | printmaker | art educator
A Pennsylvania native residing on the North Shore of O'ahu since 2008, Steven Kean is an artist working primarily in the woodcut method of relief printmaking. Woodcut is a technique where the artist carves into a block of wood leaving raised areas to receive ink. The inked block is then printed on paper. Steven's work is a collection of wave and coastal studies utilizing this technique. It is driven by a passion for the process and a love affair with the ocean. The woodcut prints are an exploration into the dichotomy of stillness versus movement, translating a symbiotic connection between human and water into visual language.
The sea cast its spell on him early on and has been a common thread in his artwork ever since. In 2017, he was selected as the official artist of the 2017 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach and received the Tori Richard Purchase Award at the 89th Annual Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition. Steven's work has been exhibited throughout Hawai'i, Australia, and Japan. In addition to his numerous accolades, he has worked on commissioned projects for prestigious brands including luxury resort Rosewood Baha Mar, Olukai Footwear, and Kahala MKT by Foodland.
In present day, Steven’s work can be seen at art events, galleries and select businesses around O'ahu. He is always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration and continually seeks creative growth as a working professional artist in Hawai'i.