Art Brokerage: Pat Steir American Artist: B. 1940. Pat Steir's complex paintings, prints, and drawings, encompass a lexicon of marks and signs. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1940, Steir developed an interest in art at a young age. She began her formal art training in 1956, studying graphic arts at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she eventually received her B.F.A. in 1962. There, she was influenced by her teachers Richard Lindner and Phillip Guston, who encouraged her to find her own style rather than following popular ideas and techniques. It was Pat Steirs' training in graphic arts and illustration that allowed her to develop her eclectic visual vocabulary. Pat Steir rejected traditional forms of composition in favor of seemingly unrelated shapes and forms. Pat Steir composed her works in combinations of random brushstrokes, grid lines, color charts, signs, color fields and pictorial elements to create canvases that display a self-conscious symbolism. Drips of paint in the works can refer to the actual process of painting. Within Steir's works there is no fixed meaning, as the artist allows her viewers to draw their own inferences based on their personal history and associations. In process, Pat Steir starts with a mark that is developed into a unit of signs and symbols.