'I look to capture what I see in the everyday, modern world around me, working in all weather conditions from direct observation.'


'I have a passion for still life painting, capturing everyday objects and items that I have collected throughout my life that link me to personal memories of people and places.'


All works are in oils on either panel or canvas.

All images are Copyright Steven P Smith.



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'The New Light Prize Exhibition'






20 July - 13 September 2024

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery










I am proud to be a full member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) and was elected a MAFA council member in 2021.

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts was created in 1858 and boasts former members such as L.S. Lowry, Ford Madox Brown and Annie Swynnerton.

Today it has a membership of over 110 diverse and talented artists. It's painters, sculptors and printmakers represent the best in fine art across the region.

The next MAFA group exhibition will be in the Summer of 2024.




Brushstrokes to Brands

 5th August 2023 - 18th February 2024

My first major solo exhibition was held at the Museum of Brands, Notting Hill, London.

The show was initially planned to run for four months but was extended for a further three months due to it's popularity. It featured a series of still life paintings made up from items found in the museum's collection of over 200 years of perfectly preserved branded items.

The items I chose were those which were of significance to me. Items from my childhood in the 70's and 80's as well as some modern day items which may be of nostalgic significance to my children and family in the future. All the paintings are featured in the link below with a brief explanation of why I chose to paint them. All the paintings are now available to purchase.

Please contact me for more information.

View Paintings Here


Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2023

29th November - 16th December 2023


I am delighted that my painting 'Tin of Sardines' was chosen to be exhibited alongside ROI Members work at this years Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition. This is the 3rd consecutive year I have exhibited in this prestigious show. This painting is now Sold, thank you to it's new owner.


The Royal Institute of Oil Painters was founded in 1882 and is the only major British art society that promotes and exhibits work of the highest standard exclusively in oil paint. The ROI provides a centre of excellence and encouragement to all who love this robust medium and is based at the Mall Galleries, London SW1.


The ROI Annual Open Exhibition is held annually in November/December when non-members are afforded the opportunity to exhibit alongside established ROI members.


This years exhibition opens on Thursday November 29th, 10am - 5pm.

Exhibition closes Sunday 16th December at 5pm.


View my painting on the Mall Galleries website here:





Northern Boys Art


After a successful inaugural exhibition with 'The Northern Boys' at Contemporary Six Gallery, Manchester in 2019, I continue to paint & exhibit with this group of Plein Air Painters regularly in locations around the world.

The group recently had a major exhibition in London at Panter & Hall, Pall Mall, in spring 2024.



'Brushstrokes to Brands' Solo Exhibition                   Museum of Brands, Notting Hill, London

Extended until 18th February 2024


New Light Prize Exhibition'                                        Bank Side Gallery, London

27th Feruary - 3rd March 2024


'New Light Prize Tour                                                Rheged Arts Centre, Penrith, CA11 0DQ

14th March - 2nd June 2024


'The Northern Boys Exhibition'                                  Panter & Hall, 21-22 Pall Mall, London

10th April - 26th April 2024


'New Light Prize Tour Exhibition'                              The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, NE2 1AN

29th June - 22nd September 2024


'New Light Prize Tour Exhibition'                              The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, HG1 2SA

12th October - 31st December 2024



'Chiaroscuro Exhibition'                                             The Gallery, Holt

8th April - 16th May 2023


MAFA Summer Exhibition                                         Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax

17th June - 15th July 2023


'TALP Open 2023'                                                     Patchings Art Centre, Notts

13th July - 13th August 2023 


Guest Artist                                                               Adrian Hill Fine Art, Stamford

August 2023 -


'Brushstrokes to Brands' Solo Exhibition                  Museum of Brands, Notting Hill

5th August - 25th November 2023


'The Meditation of Drawing' MAFA Exhibition          Manchester Cathedral

10th September - 12th October 2023


'RSMA Annual Exhibition 2023'                                Mall Galleries, London

21st September - 30th September 2023


'New Light Prize Exhibition 2023'                             Williamson Art Gallery Birkenhead

30th September - 22nd December  2023


'Royal Institute of oil Painters Annual Exhibition'      Mall Galleries, London

29th November - 16th December 2023


'The Winter Exhibition'                                              Contemporary Six, Manchester

16th November - 23rd December





'Back In The City' Mixed exhibition                               Windermere Fine Art Gallery

22 April - 22nd May 2022


'Euphoria' An Exhibition In Oils                                    The Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

23rd April - 31st May 2022


'The Lake District' Mixed Exhibition                             Windermere Fine Art Gallery

1st June - 30th June 2022


'Summer Show' Mixed Exhibition                                 Windermere Fine Art Gallery

1st July - 23rd July 2022


Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition        Mall Galleries, London

22nd September - 1st October 2022


Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) Exhibition  Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

1st October - 18th November 2022


'Distinguished Northern Artists' Group Exhibition         The Long Gallery, 4 King ST. Clitheroe

8th - 14th October 2022


'Northern Connections' Group Exhibition                      Contemporary Six Gallery, Manchester

29th October - 20th November 2022


'ING Discerning Eye' Annual Exhibition 2022                Mall Galleries, London

12th - 21st November 2022


'Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition'          Mall Galleries, London

24 November - 10 December 2022


Winter Exhibition                                                           Contemporary Six, Manchester

December 2022




'10+1' mixed exhibition                                                 Contemporary Six, Manchester

December 4th 2021 - January 2022


'WFA Autumn/Winter Show' mixed exhibition               Windermere Fine Art gallery

1st October 2021 - February 2022


Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition           Mall Galleries, London

November 24th - December 5th 2021


MAFA 'All The Best' mixed exhibition                           Dean Clough, Halifax

October 30th - November 20th 2021


Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition        Mall Galleries, London

September 30th - October 10th 2021


'The Northern Boys' group exhibition                          Windermere Fine Art Gallery

July 31st - August 31st 2021


MAFA 'Art Of Every Day' group exhibition                  Gallery Oldham

18th May 26th June 2021



Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition       Mall Galleries, London

September 30th - October 10th 2020


'10' mixed exhibition                                                   Contemporary Six, Manchester

November 27th 2020 - January 2021


'The Northern Boys' group exhibition                         Windermere Fine Art Gallery

September 2020 - January 2021




MAFA 'Small Works' group exhibition                          The Whitaker Gallery, Rawtenstall

December 2019 - February 2020


MAFA 'Autumn Exhibition' group exhibition                 Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

21st September - 1st November 2019


MAFA group exhibition                                                 The Atkinson Gallery, Southport

July 2019


'The Northern Boys' group exhibition                           Contemporary Six, Manchester

May 2019


'Busman's holiday' mixed exhibition                             Picture House Gallery, Padiham

April 2019


Pre-Selected RA Summer Exhibition                           Royal Academy, London



PRESTON PORTRAIT CHALLENGE 2022                       2ND PLACE                                             PRESTON GUILD HALL


PRESTON PORTRAIT CHALLENGE 2019                       1ST PLACE                                             PRESTON HARRIS MUSEUM


PAINTING PADIHAM 2019                                                 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER

                                                                                             3RD PLACE OVERALL



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