Organizations* : OPA
Steven Lang was born in 1960 on a US Army base in Germany and has lived in California since 1967. He is of Pawnee and Cherokee descent and participates actively in historical reenactments. Extensive research and contacts with scholars in the field of Native American culture provides him with firsthand knowledge into the lives of the indigenous peoples of North America.
“My first influence as an artist had to be my father; he drew a picture for me of an early man with his sheep by a camp fire. I was 6 years old at the time and I was amazed that someone could create a picture on a blank piece of paper. You could say that this lit my artistic spark. My next big influence was Frederic Remington. A book on Remington’s life by Harold McCracken given to me by my father when I was twelve years old turned me on to the western genre . Nowadays I am influenced by fellow OPA Master Howard Terpning and by past artists such as John Clymer, Harold Schmidt, Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth “.
Steven Lang’s work is best described as figurative realism. In every one of his paintings, he is attempting to portray the subject matter as realistically and accurately as possible. ” I try to paint for the 15 % of art patrons who know the difference between a Spencer Carbine and a Springfield Rifle [or] the difference between Crow and Lakota Sioux beadwork patterns”, says Lang.
His art work has won him national acclaim and recognition, apparent in the awards he has received. Counting amongst his noteworthy achievements is his four by six foot painting of the 1868 Battle of the Washita that was commissioned to him by the National Park Service and lauded by Officials of the US Department of the Interior “… as a superior piece of work. It is our opinion that this painting will receive wide use and high acclaim, now and into the future”.
Among feature articles is the Southwest Art magazine April 2000 issue, “The Story Teller” which accounts his ability to bring to life his paintings with narratives that are much appreciated by collectors. Art of the West magazine describes Lang and his work as “Visual Memories” in the March/April issue 2002. He has been showcased in Cowboys & Indians, Western Horseman, Wild West and Horses in Art magazines throughout the years, since beginning his fine arts career in 1997.
Steven Lang is a Oil Painters of America Master and had the honor to be the Juror of Awards at the 2008 OPA Western Regional Exhibit at the Devin Gallery in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.
He is a member of the California Art Club and an Honorary Artist Life Member of the Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, AZ, where his work is featured in the permanent collection exhibit.
Reference: communication with the artist