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 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, he is currently working towards a solo exhibition and has two group exhibitions with the Northernboys planned in 2020 plus a major London exhibition in 2021. 

Steven was Pre-selected for the RA Summer Show and the 2019 RP exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

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

Steven was elected a new member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 2019.

Winner of the Preston Portrait Challenge 2019 at the Harris Museum.

 

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 Northernboys 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.            Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London.                        Postponed

 

The Northernboys group exhibition.            Gloucestershire.                                                                        Postponed until 2021

 

MAFA 'All the Best' exhibition.                     Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax.                                                   Postponed

 

MAFA 'Art of everyday' exhibition.               Oldham Gallery                                                                         8th May 2021 (online)

                                                                                                                                   Opening to the public 18th May-26th June