I strive to paint a mood, a reality, which is beyond what we normally see. Even in familiar places, the shapes and effects in nature can be moving and mysterious. By recreating that experience I try to suggest a feeling of something about to unfold, hinting at a reality which lies beneath the surface.
I cue into nuances – maybe a cloud’s shape or a luminous window – and absorb what I see and feel. Sometimes I make quick notes, but often the experience is enough.
I work in oils and pastels. I’m very critical of the quality of my materials, and constantly experiment. Using brushes, knives, rags or fingers, I aim for a naturalistic interpretation to carry the mood of the painting, allowing the subject to dictate the process.
I see each painting as a challenge since I’m always refining shapes and tones, testing my own idea of perfection - always trying to take it to the limit.
1953 Born in Dartford, Kent.
1973 Started exhibiting works before graduation from Medway College of Art in the same year.
1973 Became a self-supporting full-time painter, continuing to the present.
2003 Elected member, Royal Society of British Artists.
2004, Not the Turner Prize, a prize-winning finalist
2005, Royal Society of British Artists, Sir William Ramsay School Prize
2005, Royal Society of British Artists, The Artist Magazine Award
2007, Pastel Society, Dover Street Arts Club Award
Court Lodge Gallery Kent 1975
Seen Gallery, London W1 1975, 1981, 1983, 1985
King Street Gallery, St. James’s, London SW1 1986
1992 Gloucester Museum & Art Gallery, mainly loaned from private collections
NEAC, PS, ROI, RBA various annual shows from 1970’s
Not The Turner Prize Exhibitions 2003 and 2004
Invited Artist to the Discerning Eye Exhibition London 2010
Venues include Affordable Art Fairs New York & Singapore, ARTEXPO New York, Seen Gallery Seattle, The Private Collector Gallery Dublin & County Cork.
London group exhibitions
Galleries include Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings, The Linda Blackstone Gallery, The Russell Gallery, The Art Connoisseur Gallery, The Chocolate Factory, 54 The Gallery Shepherd Market, The Gas Works Fulham, Mackley Gallery Royal Opera Arcade
Group shows in UK
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum Glasgow, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, Christie’s Contemporary Arts Bath & Cambridge, Bank St. Gallery Sevenoaks, Century Fine Art Datchet, Island Fine Art Bembridge, Reynolds Fine Art Essex, Shell House Gallery Ledbury.
Current Group Shows
Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells, Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings London, Mandell’s Gallery Norwich, The Linda Blackstone Gallery, Red Rag Gallery Stow-on-the-Wold & Bath.
British Art Fairs
Affordable Arts Fairs Battersea, Hampstead, & Bristol; Art London Chelsea, LAPADA Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Kensington Arts Fair, London Watercolours & Drawings Fair, National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, & The Edinburgh Art Fair.
Julian Halsby, In Conversation with Steven Outram, The Artist Magazine, December 2006.