A graduate of the Herron School of Art and Design and the University of Illinois, Steve was part of the first wave of Massachusetts Avenue artists that helped breathe life into the nascent downtown cultural awakening in Indianapolis in the 1980s and 90s.

After many years of making large expressive paintings with oils and house paints, Steve turned to acrylics in the mid 2000s and has more recently been working at a very small scale.  He has developed a visual vocabulary that frequently employs mundane images in such a way as to render them iconic.  By altering the familiar visual context usually associated with everyday things, objects such as covered bridges and discarded carpet rolls become suffused with symbolic or poetic possibilities.

Steve has worked in the field of historic paint restoration, beginning in 1988 with the restoration of the Indiana State Capital.  In 1996 he formed his own company, Paint Box Studios, which provided all manner of decorative paint services and mural painting.  Since 2016, he has focused almost exclusively on studio art.

Recent Exhibitions

2023  Spring Break Secret Show NYC, group show, 32 Prince St., New York, New York - LIVE NOW through JULY 1

2022  Holiday Group ShowEdington Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana

2022  The Island and other paintings by Steve Paddack, Edington Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana

2022  Spring Break Art Show, group show, 625 Madison Ave., New York, New York