Steven Neill was born December 25, 1945 in Los Angeles, California into a family in love with the Pacific. His father owned one of the largest commercial sign companies in Orange County and was among the industry-leading journeymen working in their studio. From his youth Steven learned how to be a fine lettering and gold leaf artist from the best. He worked on Hollywood sets for films such as “The Spirit of St. Louis” lettering the reproduction of Charles Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic plane and the vehicles used in “Catch 22”. During the 50’s and 60’s his family frequently ventured to Polynesia living in Tahiti and Hawaii, and working with his father who continued the lettering and screen print trade in the destinations they would reside in.
Steven often brought his own family to far away locales in the South Pacific until finally relocating to the Big Island in 1994 where he as translated his love of Polynesia, graphic design, and history into his own unique art form of vintage Hawaiiana signs. These pieces are intended as nostalgic representations of original advertisements and signs that were part of Hawaii during its “Golden Days” of the late 1920’s and 30’s when Hawaii especially was discovered by visitors arriving on steamships and Pan Am Clippers.
His pieces are collected by many including film celebrities and musicians as well as fellow artists recognizing his unique talent. Bring a piece of Old Hawaii home by purchasing an original work by artist Steven Neill.