STEVEN P SMITH MAFA - BIOGRAPHY

Born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1974 Steven grew up in a small village. He studied A Levels and then a Foundation in Art at Wigan & Leigh College before completing the first year of a BA Hons degree at Cleveland College of Art.

In 1995 Steven left university to become a full time artist, quickly gaining recognition for painting large scale scenic works. He travelled throughout the UK and Europe completing major commissions for Madame Tussaud's, Sea Life, Blackpool Tower and Museums such as the Natural History Museum. These commissions included restoration to ceiling murals in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the painting of a 36 metre backdrop for the 'War Horse' exhibition at the National Army Museum.

 

Alongside this work Steven continued to paint portraits and figurative studies in his Studio. His realist figurative paintings, still life paintings and drawings became highly sought after in UK galleries.

 

In 2016 Steven began painting with a group of Plein Air painters who have become affecionately known as the Northernboys and has become increasingly passionate about painting outdoors from direct observation. They travel annually to paint in  London, Venice & Seville as well as meeting up regularly to paint in other UK towns & cities.

Working outdoors whenever possible and occassionally developing larger works from these paintings in the studio, Steven looks to capture what he sees in the everyday modern world around him working in all weather conditions. He also has a passion for still life painting, capturing everyday objects and nostagic items that he has collected throughout his life. All works are in oils on either panels or canvas.

 

After a successful inaugeral exhibition with the Northernboys at Contemporary Six Gallery, Manchester in 2019, and two group exhibitions with the Northernboys at Windermere Fine Art Gallery in 2020 & 2021 the group are planning for a major London Exhibition in 2022/23. 

 

Steven exhibits regularly with both Contemporary Six Gallery and Windermere Fine Art Gallery. He has helped to curate Windermere Fine Art Gallery 1 since its opening in 2020 and it is fast gaining a reputation for exhibiting original paintings by some of the best contemporary UK artists in Britain.

 

Steven has exhibited with Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2021 and with the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 2020 and 2021 at the Mall Galleries, London.

 

Steven was elected a Member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 2019 and a MAFA Council Member in 2021.

 

Winner of the Preston Portrait Challenge 2019 at the Harris Museum & Gallery, Preston.

 

Winner of the People's Choice award and 3rd prize overall at the Painting Padiham 2019 Plein Air Competition.

 

Steven was Pre-selected for the RA Summer Show 2019 

 

Exhibitions 2021

 

"10+1" Mixed Exhibition 2021                                                   Contemporary Six, Manchester                   

Dec 4th - January 2022

 

WFA Autumn Winter Mixed Exhibition                                       Windermere Fine Art                                   

October 2021 - Feb 2022

 

Royal Institute of Oil Painters                                                    Mall Galleries, London                               

 Nov 24th - December 5th 2021

 

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts 'All the Best' group exhibition       Dean Clough, Halifax                                         

October 30th - Nov 20th 2021

 

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2021            Mall Galleries, London                                 

Sept 30th - October 10th 2021

 

'The Northern Boys' Mixed Exhibition 2021                      Windermere Fine Art                             

July 31st - August 31st 2021

 

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts 'Art of Every day' group exhibition         Gallery Oldham                                     

18th May - 26th June 2021

 

Exhibitions 2020

Royal Society of marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2020            Mall Galleries, London.                                 

Sept 30th - October 10th 2020

 

"10" Mixed Exhibition 2020.                                                       Contemporary Six, Manchester                   

Nov 27th - Jan 2021

 

'The Northern Boys' Mixed Exhibition 2020.                               Windermere Fine Art.                                 

September 2020 - Jan 2021

 

 

Exhibitions 2019

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Small Works exhibition.       The Whitaker Gallery, Rawtenstall.             

Dec 2019 - Feb 2020

 

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Autumn Exhibition.              Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.           

21st Sep 2019 - 1st Nov 2019 

 

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Group Exhibition.                 The Atkinson Gallery, Southport.               

July 2019

 

The Northernboys Group Exhibition.                                  Contemporary 6 Gallery, Manchester.   

May 2019 

 

Busman's Holiday Exhibition.                                             Picture House, Padiham.                       

April 2019

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

Figurative Paintings.                                                          Whitewall Gallery, Chester.                    March 2014

        

Upcoming events

 

'Euphoria' an Exhibition in Oil                           The Gallery Holt, Norfolk                                                   

23rd April - 31st May 2022

 

'Back to the City' Exhibition                              Windermere Fine Art Gallery                                             

22nd April - 20th May 2022

 

'Lake District' Mixed Plein Air Exhibition           Windermere Fine Art Gallery                                             

1st June - 30th June 2022

 

The Northernboys                                             Gloucestershire Arts Festival                                             

29th July - 31st July 2022

 

'WFA Summer Exhibition' Mixed Oils                Windermere Fine Art Gallery                                             

1st July - 31st August 2022

 

MAFA Exhibition                                               Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery                                   

1st Oct - 18th Nov 2022

 

'Autumn & Winter' Mixed Exhibition                 Windermere Fine Art Gallery                                             

21st Oct 2022 - Jan 2023