Steven Smith is one of the UK's most exciting young figurative artists. His extraordinary work is built on the tenets of classical style but each piece is an exceptional example of contemporary photo-realism.
When he began painting Steven's subject matter was predominantly focused around his family and the surrounding countryside of the Northwest of England and the Lake District. However, 2011 he had the opportunity to work with professional models in a studio setting and began to develop the stunning figurative style that has brought his work to prominence.
Steven was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1974. After completing an Art Foundation course he went on to study fine art at Middlesbrough University. Due to demand for his work, Steven left University after just one year to set up a studio and soon became a successful Scenic Painter and Mural Artist working on commissions throughout the UK and Europe.
He created a series of large scale paintings for museums such as The National Army Museum and The Natural History Museum, on film and television sets, in Hotels such as DeVere, Marriott and recently at the exclusive Funky Buddha in Mayfair. Whilst his reputation grew as a great scenic painter Steven continued to feed his passion for portrait and landscape painting and his extensive travels allowed him to visit many famous galleries and see major works of art at first hand.
He studied the techniques used by both contemporaries and old masters, from European painters like Botticelli, Caravaggio and Delacroix to those of more recent American Artists such as Chuck Close, Ralph Goings and Richard Estes. Combining these influences he developed a classical, yet very photo-realistic, style of painting working in acrylics and oils.
Steven has exhibited in a number of successful shows and his growing reputation has led to recent portrait commissions for boxer Amir Khan and the footballer Kevin Davies. His work is highly sought after across the UK.