Visual Artist | United Kingdom
While teaching Art, Design and Illustration in Scottish Further Education colleges for over 25 years Steven experimented with a wide variety of different drawing, painting and illustration styles and techniques, to produce many portrait commissions for private clients, family and friends. He started really experimenting with the layering of his work and the inclusion of collage and photo montage several years ago as he wanted his art works to be much more than just ‘simple portraits’. He wants each piece he creates to really tell the story of the person’s life, and be as different from other artists’ work as possible. Many of his new portraits are created at quite a large scale and take many months to complete as every single image in his complex and colourful background collages is cut out and pieced together by hand, making each piece completely unique. Steven also gets each layer of his portraits professionally photographed, so that there are several different print versions for each piece of work. In my portraits Steven uses pencil, colour pencil, fine-line pen, graphic marker, acrylic and gouache paint, inks and cut and layered paper. He is inspired by music, movies, sports, advertising, graphic novels & comic books and iconography, and heavily influenced by the Pop Art masters.
1983 - 1984: Glasgow College of Building & Printing, Scotland. Foundation in Interior Design.
1985 - 1987: Cardonald College, Glasgow, Scotland. SCOTVEC OND Graphic Design.
1987 - 1989: Newcastle College of Art & Design, England. B-TEC HND Design (Advertising). Graduated with 3 Merits and 3 Distinctions.
1996 - 1998: Scottish School of Further Education (University of Strathclyde). Certificate in Education (Further Education).
1999 - 2003: Post Graduate Diploma in Art, Design & Architecture in Education at Glasgow School of Art/Glasgow University.
Steven exhibits some of his smaller artworks at Subversion Gallery in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland.