by Ken Gofton
Companion of The Pastel Society
That old motto, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again’ comes to mind, when considering the success of Steven King at this year’s Annual Exhibition of The Pastel Society.
Steven first entered for the exhibition in 2014, but without success. He tried again the following year, and had two paintings accepted in the pre-selection round, but neither was chosen to hang. Last year he submitted three works, and one made it into the show. This year, all six of his entries were approved at pre-selection, and he has three in the exhibition, which continues until 3pm on Saturday (4 March).
Of the three The Co-Pilot is the star, winning not just The Pastel Society Catalogue Award (First Prize), but the £5,000 Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Award for the best work by a young artist, aged 35 or under.
Based in London, Steven is an artist who likes to travel. He spent a year in France after graduating, still goes there every year, and in 2016 he spent time in Guadeloupe and Belgium. The Co-Pilot was inspired by the view from his attic window in Brussels.
The last two or three years have brought him increasing recognition. A painting of his in the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries was acquired by the William Hogarth Museum, which subsequently invited him to participate in a mixed show with other artists, and then offered him a solo exhibition. He also had a painting selected for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition last year - a showcase of the finest contemporary Figurative Art Today.