Steve Huston’s images of boxers, with their fluid brushwork, electric with energy, recall the work of George Bellows in their portrayal of the power of the human form. Muscles are shown with extraordinary tension and dynamism, put into relief through dramatic use of chiaroscuro.
Huston’s sense of design is impressive to say the least. Your eye is led around the canvas, allowed to dwell in certain areas, before being flung to the next, pulled along by a swell of musculature, light and movement. His images of labourers again display this strength in the male form, which Huston delights in painting.
When he occaisionally puts his hand to painting women, Huston shows a different sensibility for sensitive almost fragile simplicity.