Steven Beckly is a photo-based artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. His artistic practice explores the complexities of identity, relationships, intimacy, and sexuality in contemporary experience. Blending diaristic, documentary, and cinematographic approaches, his work predominantly employs portraiture infused with biographical elements and idealized fiction. Performance plays an important role in his process, and constructed environments provide the context for his images.
He is interested in reconstructing personal and intimate realities and replaying emotional conditions to transform ordinary moments into universal sentiments. Seemingly fictionalized characters are placed in fragmented and open-ended narratives, creating space for imagined structure, context, and meaning. By exploring the connections between the individual, the collective, and their environments, he continually aspires to portray emotional intricacies that comprise and reveal layers of human experience.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto, ON), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), Photo Center NW (Seattle, WA), Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA), and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA).