Steven Outram was born in Dartford, Kent in 1953. He studied at Medway College of Art. He has exhibited in London, New York, Seattle, Bath, Cambridge and Oxford. The Wye Valley and Royal Forest of Dean are the main inspiration behind Steven\’s beautifully executed, atmospheric landscapes. He paints in a studio near his home, working from drawn and written notes taken over the past twenty years, working in oils and occasionally in pastel.
Steven’s paintings have a strong spiritual quality, and his ability to create romantic images of nature continues to amaze and intrigue, brings pleasure to many. His favorite times of day are dawn and dusk, which he portrays so skillfully – inviting the viewers eyes to become more used to the half light.
Steven was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2003. In 2003 he was a finalist in the “Not The Turner Prize” and in 2004 at the same exhibition he won an award for his painting “The Climb”. In 2005 Steven was awarded two prizes at the annual exhibition or the Royal Society of British Artists – The Artist Magazine Award and the Sir William Ramsay School Award.
“I strive to paint a mood, a reality, which is beyond what we normally see. Even in familiar places, the shapes and effects in nature can be moving and mysterious. By recreating that experience I try to suggest the feeling of something about to unfold, hinting at a reality which lies beneath the surface. I cue into nuances – maybe a cloud’s shape or a luminous window – and absorb what I see and feel. Sometimes I make quick notes, but often the experience is enough. I work in oils and pastels. I’m very critical of the quality of my materials, and constantly experiment. Using brushes, knives, rags or fingers, I aim for a naturalistic interpretation to carry the mood of the painting, allowing the subject to dictate the process. I see each painting as a challenge since I’m always refining shapes and tones, testing my own idea of perfection - always trying to take it to the limit”.
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