The works of the Danish artist Erik Steffensen (b.1961) often deal intellectually with art history and art theory perspectives. Though his motifs are often found when out traveling under distant skies, they mainly relate to very Nordic art traditions, reminiscent of such artists as August Strindberg and Vilhelm Hammershøi. This is particularly evident in Steffensen's unique silver print pieces.
As a young artist Steffensen worked in many different media, including photography and painting, but for many years now he has exclusively worked with photography, though he often works with photo in a painter-kind-of-way. This is especially significant in relation to his colored diasec works. Just as in abstract or expressionist paintings, there are no known recognisable natural colors, and in the same way Steffensen remains sovereign in his choice and is only committed to his vision. It is this painter-kind-of-freedom which is transferred to the new photographic record: Erik Steffensen remains essentially a painter, only he now paints with photographs as his medium.
In recent years Steffensen has gained considerable recognition for his site-specific works, including "Cezanne's Garden" at the Center for Protein Research, Panum Institute, Copenhagen (2009); Winter Tales at KPMG, Copenhagen (2011); and "Strindberg Lighthouse" at VUC (Adult Education Centre) , Haderslev (2014). Steffensen’s work is represented at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; and other acclaimed public collections.