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 for completing major commissions for Madame Tussaud's, Sea Life 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 developing larger works from these paintings in the studio, Steven looks to capture what he sees in the everyday modern world around him. Using a contrasting colour palette he aims to capture the correct tonal values whilst pushing the colour to create paintings that are harmonious and expressive. 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 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

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

 

The Northernboys group exhibition.                  Gloucestershire.                                                                Postponed until 2022

 

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2021     Mall Galleries, London                                              30th September - 10th October 2021

 

MAFA 'All the Best' exhibition.                            Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax.                                          30th Oct - 20th Nov 2021

 

'10+1' Mixed Exhibition.                                     Contemporary 6 Gallery, Manchester                               4th December 2021

 

WFA Gallery 1 Winter Exhibition                        Windermere Fine Art Gallery                                             November & December 2021