Steve Sult lives and works in Southwestern Michigan from his studio in Niles, Michigan. Steve opened his doors in 2003 as Sult Mine Creative Group and gained a national and international reputation as a creative director and illustrating designer, developing new product introductions – successfully contributing to over seventy established and emerging client organizations in diverse industries in the US, South America, South America, China, and Europe.
Today, Steve creates visual art as an extension of language and communication, blurring the boundary between traditional and commercial art through type and image via prints, notecards, apparel, and posters in public spaces.
We recently asked Steve about his inspirations:
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
Taking inspiration from art nouveau, WPA's poster campaigns in the 1930s, pop art, Russian Constructivists art.
Why do you do what you do?
As for myself, I create art because it has always been something that has brought balance to my life. Art is something I have always been drawn to, even as a kid. Art is the one thing in my life that I can always have complete control over. I’ve used art creation to release very negative emotions, and other times art has been a way for me to express great joy.
What art/artist do you most identify with?
Art nouveau, WPA's poster campaigns in the 1930s, pop art, Russian Constructivists art. Graphic Designers/Artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, Michael Schwab, and David Lance Goines have had tremendous influence me.
What themes do you pursue the most?
What role does an artist have in society?
I've made it my mission of highlighting Artistic Activism as a dynamic practice combining the creative power of the arts to move us emotionally with activism.
What is your artistic outlook on life?
By defining yourself as an artist is an ability to articulate your genuine “inner voice” through art and tell an original story about your personal experiences, background, memories, or ideas and beliefs.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Diversify your skillset.Things change. It makes no sense to put all of your eggs in one basket. It's great when you are really good a few things but being good at a lot of things opens the door for more opportunities. Never back yourself into a corner.
Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, tell us your favorite song and artist.
Little Feat, Charlie Parker, Lee Morgan, Rolling Stones
What's the best thing about being an artist?
Creating something that will outlast you and continue to make people happy after you’re gone.
What is your dream project?
Graphic design and brand development for the Cannabis industry's packaging, apparel and brand posters in public spaces.