(Also: Please see note below regarding purchase of work)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Since 2009 Steve Slimm has been featured in UK national art foundation syllabuses for quality of light.
He has been painting, exhibiting and selling work in Cornwall and elsewhere for almost forty years, having affiliations with a number of renown Cornish and UK galleries, with regular shows of work. His work is also becoming increasingly collectible in the secondary market through auction houses.
Various galleries in Cornwall: Penzance, St. Ives, Helston, Mousehole, Newquay, St. Mawes, St. Agnes, Padstow, Falmouth, Truro, Wadebridge, Penryn, Mevagissey, Lostwithiel, Marazion, St. Just-in-Penwith,
Elsewhere UK: Nottingham; Brighton, East Sheen, Bath, Godalming, Thames Ditton, Kingsbridge, Tavistock, York, Henley-on-Thames, Clifton, (Bristol), Shipston-on-Stour, (Cotswolds), Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Swanage, London, Wimbledon, Salcombe.
Solo Shows: (occasionally two-person)
1984: Trelowarren House, nr Helston, Cornwall
1986: Penlee House, Penzance
1988: Blackman Harvey Gallery, London
1991: Arts Centre and The Up-and-Above Gallery, Falmouth
1993: Arts Centre, Falmouth
1994: David Curzon Gallery, Thames Ditton
1994: Picture House Gallery, Penryn, Falmouth
1998: Penryn Fine Arts, Penryn, Falmouth
2000: Eclipse Gallery, Penzance
2001: Great Atlantic Mapworks Gallery, St. Just, Penzance
2002/3: Pydar Gallery, Truro
2004: Melanie MacDonald Gallery, Truro
2004: Great Atlantic Mapworks Gallery, St. Just, Penzance
2005: Vitreous Gallery, Truro
2006: Great Atlantic Gallery, Monmouth
2006: Sims Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
2006: Vitreous Contemporary Art, Truro
2007: The Bay Gallery, Penzance
2008: The Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth
2008: Over the Moon, St.Agnes
2008: Webbs Road Fine Art, Clapham, London
2010: Over the Moon Gallery, St. Agnes
2012/13: Crypt Gallery, St. Ives Society of Artists, Cornwall
2017: Clifton Fine Art, Bristol
Current Mixed Exhibitions: Cornwall:
Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance;
Waterside Gallery, St. Ives;
Wave 7 Gallery, nr. Port Isaac;
Market House Gallery, Marazion;
Essex Tyler Gallery, Mousehole;
The Tregony Gallery, Tregony.
Current Mixed Exhibitions: U.K. elsewhere:
Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warks
Clifton Fine Art, Bristol
Claremont Gallery, Sevenoaks, Kent
The Saffron Walden Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex
Wimbledon Fine Art, Wimbledon, London
Artist Steve Slimm - Short Biography (Sept 2018)
In 1953 Steve Slimm was born in the Black Country town of Netherton - the son of a hydraulic engineer and a dedicated creative mother. Following a move to the Cotswolds, aged ten, Steve attended Cheltenham Grammar School from 1964-69. Although accomplished in several academic subjects, his passion was always art and music. In 1970 the family moved to Cornwall, and before many years Steve became involved in painting and eventually exhibiting in St. Ives (from 1980).
Steve's first influence in Cornwall was no doubt local reputable artist John Miller, whose classes he attended for nine months. John's gentle encouragement over several years, along with his belief in the young acolyte's vision, gave Steve the impetus to continue pursuing his dream. Within a few years his work was being collected by collectors and local art-lovers for its loose descriptive flow of colour and form. But his primary influence, by his own admission, has to be J.M.W. Turner, whose work Steve studied almost obsessively for the first decade of his career.
Another major influence on Steve's life has to be the fact that his parents raised him from a tender age as a Jehovah's Witness. Although leaving the movement in his early forties, a significant factor of his visionary nature would certainly relate to this religious upbringing. The thrust of his work has increasingly moved toward a combination of the ethereal with the apocalyptic - as borne out in many of the titles of his pieces.
Due to early religious convictions, Steve did not pursue education beyond O-level, and has remained hesitant to join any of the usual art societies, which might traditionally support and nurture an aspiring creative. Although this provided somewhat of a stumbling block to his early career, his success as a nonconformist is self-evident.
Despite the recession of 2008+, his artwork became increasingly sought after by discerning collectors who are willing to peer below the surface. He recalls that: "one lady once drove forty miles to meet me - just to tell me how she sees something different every day in the piece of mine she owns. For me, that's pretty special. It also says the art is working. I believe the artifacts we surround ourselves with are primarily a reflection of who we believe ourselves to be. If people are seeing something different in my work each day, it means they are also looking closer at themselves; and that's always a good thing. To me, every soul is a work of art."
Many examples of Steve's work can be seen by searching Google images under 'Artist Steve Slimm'. Here at Londonart we are pleased to be exhibiting an impressive cross-section of his historic output.
PURCHASE OF WORK.
Message from the artist:
Thanks for your interest in my work. This particular exhibition contains much of my back catalogue - plus a number of contemporary pieces.
The sizes shown are generally exclusive of framing. Prices shown include the piece being framed in-house. Should you wish to purchase a piece unframed, please indicate this on application. All frames are handmade, and hand-finished to an excellent finish in off-white matt emulsion - or quality gold. I endeavour to get work out within a few days of agreeing a price, , and receipt of funds to London Art, (unless the piece requires framing - in which case allow 21 days).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through the site.