Illustrations From the Book of Horse

Works by Rick Steinburg

November 5 – December 11, 2021

Dale Brock and the Visiting Angels Gallery

Exhibition Statement

In my series Illustrations From the Book of Horse I am making illustrations for an imaginary reference book on all things horse. Some of the pieces illustrate the adventures and mishaps of characters that developed along the way. I also did pieces that illustrate the birth of the first horse, pieces that refer to Texas horse culture, a piece that illustrates a second rate Wild West show, and pieces that illustrate the coming of the automobile and the reaction of horses and riders to its arrival. While these scenes are fictional, they are closely related to our reality; pulled from history and my family's Texas experience, sourced from my elders. Many of these stories involve humor, while others connect the past with the ever changing world we live in. The majority of these pieces are assemblage based “combines”, mixing painting with the use of found objects or recycled materials. Some of the pieces incorporate painted or block printed fragments in combination with the repurposed materials. The recycled materials were chosen based on their surface, color, and shape. The majority of the frames for these pieces were handmade, many times from recycled wood, so they become a part of the piece. Though there is a loose spontaneous feel to many of these pieces, it was important to me that the craftsmanship of their assembly was done to a high standard so there would be no issues in installing them for exhibition.

There is a whimsical folk art vibe to these pieces. I’m portraying the horse with an innocence or maybe an ignorance of the reality of the actual beast. I could say that I'm depicting the myth of the horse as the game changer it was to ancient man. More likely I'm capturing the vague rendering of something that most of us now have very little experience with in our current lives. The selected images represent highlights from this series which comprises more than seventy artworks.

Artist Statement

I am an ​​​​Austin, Texas based visual artist who creates compositions that combine painting with the use of found objects. Seeing the visual possibilities in objects and art fragments allows the process to determine a significant part of the outcome. The spontaneous nature of this process allows a narrative to develop organically.


-Born in Chicago, Illinois; 1955

-Grew up in a creative environment, father, C. Louis Steinburg, 1930-2014, was an abstract expressionist painter and professor at Illinois State University.

-Graduated from Illinois State University, 1978

-Moved to Austin, Texas, 1980

-Fine arts teacher; Spicewood Elementary School, 1983-2015

-Performances as singer/songwriter, Stone House, 1995- current

Exhibitions include:

1988 - National juried show: New American Talent

2016 - The Wild Wild West; Art on 5th Gallery; Austin, Texas

2017 - Discovery Show; juried show at Milan Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas

2018 - People’s Gallery 2018 at Austin City Hall; two pieces accepted into this juried show

2018 - Bass Concert Hall,University of Texas at Austin;16 pieces on exhibit

2018 - Ao5 Gallery, Austin, TX;Solo show; opening: April 21

2018 - Two pieces accepted in national juried show, Recycle 2018 BWAC; Brooklyn, NY; spring 2018

2019 - Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas at Austin; 26 pieces on exhibit; spring 2019

2019 - 14th Annual TAC Juried Exhibit in Fort Worth, TX; August

2019 - Austin Bergstrom Airport Gallery, Austin, TX - September 2019 - January 2020

2019 - Ao5 Gallery, Austin, TX;Solo show: opening: November 1

2020 - Bass Concert Hall, UT at Austin, TX ; 26 pieces on exhibit; January - March 2020

2020 - Hyde Park Bar & Grill(Duval), Austin, TX - January 26 - March 15

2021 - Hyde Park Bar & Grill(Westgate), Austin, TX - August 1 - October 3

2021 - Old Bakery & Emporium, Austin, TX - September 2 - October 30

2021 - Si Gallery, Austin, Tx - October 8 - December 2

2021 - Ao5 Gallery, Austin, TX - opening October 16

2021 - Hyde Park Bar & Grill(Duval), Austin, TX - October 17 - December 19

2021 - Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX - November 5 - December 11


Ao5 Gallery

3005 S Lamar Blvd Ste C-110B

Austin, TX 78704


December 2018 - Voyage Houston, online magazine

July 2019 - Almost Real Things, online magazine(Stone House)

August 2019 - Almost Real Things, online magazine

Wild, Wild, West 28" x 23" x 2", 2016