Since 1996, Steven Lang’s main focus has been to depict the Old West thru his visions on canvas. He pulls imagery from historical firsthand accounts and then uses his imagination to create visually dramatic works of art. His extensive involvement in living history reenactments allows him to have experiential knowledge of the day-to-day existence of the people that inhabited the American West, including Native Americans, Pioneers, Mountain Men, Cavalry and Cowboys. In 2004, this resulted in Steven receiving a commission from the National Park Service (NPS) to depict the 1868 Battle of the Washita for the National Historic Site in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The painting, showing the opening moments of the engagement between General Custer’s 7 th Cavalry and Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne, has been lauded by NPS officials as a ”stunning piece of work“. The high drama, tragedies and triumphs of the human spirit are qualities that touch his soul and which are conveyed in his paintings.
Steven achieved Master Signature Status with the Oil Painters of America and has served as juror and judge at OPA National and Regional Exhibitions. He is a Artist Member of the California Art Club and a Honorary Artist Life Member of the Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, Arizona. His painting “ Out of the Gate” was chosen for the 2013 official Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo poster; in 2014 he was honored with the Phippen Museum Foundation and Phippen Family Awards for his painting “Walking Your Saddle, Hoss?” The painting was subsequently purchased by the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona for it’s permanent collection.
Steven and his artwork have been profiled numerous times in magazines such as Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Western Horseman and Wild West. He participates throughout the year in National juried and invitational shows and is represented by prominent galleries across the country.