Steve Whitehead

The landscape painter Steve Whitehead was born in Coventry, England in 1960 and studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with David Tinker, graduating with an MA in the mid-1980s, before continuing his studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Whitehead's art is sometimes described as a form of Photorealism, although according to the art critic Michael Paraskos it is more like a Poetic Realism, as Whitehead does not simply reproduce photographs in paint, but creates composite images, drawing on many photographs and historic art images. In particular Whitehead is influenced by the landscape traditions of northern European romantics, such as Caspar David Friedrich, and the realism of the Biedermeier realist painters.

He has twice won the Wales Open and has also been a prizewinner in Manchester Academy and Hunting Art Prizes exhibitions. His paintings are held in the permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Society of Wales. He previously taught Fine Art at the University of Hull and is a regular visiting artist at the Cyprus College of Art.

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    Falling Foss
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    Orchid and Nasturtium
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    Flamborough Head
  • From Storr To RaasayFrom Storr To Raasay
    From Storr To Raasay

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Curriculum Vitae

BORN Coventry, 1960


1978 - 81 B.A. (Hons) Visual Art University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
1982 - 84 M.A. Visual Art University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
1985 - 86 Postgraduate Diploma Courtauld Institute of Art, (Conservation of Wall Paintings)


1983 M.A. degree show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
1983 - 92 Wales Open Art Exhibition. First prize winner in 1985 and 1988
1984 Artist in Residence, Ceredigion Museum
1985 - 95 Annual exhibitions with the Welsh Group
1985 “ Four into 85", Aberystwyth Arts Centre
1986 Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
1986 Haverford West Gallery
1989 West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff
1990 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Solo Exhibition
1991 Maidstone Art Gallery
1992 Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Manchester
1993 Royal Portrait Society Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1993 Third Wave Gallery, Cardiff
1994 Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition, R.C.A. Gallery, London & Kelvingrove Gallery, Glasgow (highly commended)
1994 Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Manchester
1994 The Alma Gallery, Bristol
1995 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Open Exhibition
1996 Manchester Academy Open Exhibition
1996 Portal Gallery, London
1997 “ Tutti Frutti “ Exhibition, Scarborough Art Gallery
1997 Piccadilly Gallery, London
1998 Thompson’s Gallery, London (three group shows)
1999 London Art Fair (Thompson’s Gallery)
1999 Thompson’s Gallery (six group shows including September Gallery Artists' Exhibition)
2000 Gallery Artists Exhibition, Thompson’s Gallery
2000 London Art Fair (Thompson’s Gallery)
2000 Summer Exhibition, Thompson’s Gallery
2000 Panter & Hall Gallery, London - Gallery Artists Exhibition
2001 Cusp Gallery, Burghley House, Stamford
2001 Solo Exhibition, Panter & Hall
2001 Chelsea Art Fair
2001 Gallery Artists Exhibition, Panter & Hall Gallery
2001 Leeds Open Exhibition
2001 Christie’s Small Paintings Fair, London
2002 Ferens Open Exhibition, Hull
2002 Manchester Academy Exhibition (prize winner)
2002 Royal Portrait Society Exhibition, London
2002 Chelsea Art Fair
2002 Summer Exhibition, Pierrepont Fine Art, Oxford
2002 25x25: Summer Exhibition of small works, Northumbria University
2002 ‘Northern Grit’, Gildenburgh Gallery, Peterborough
2002 Gallery Artists Exhibition, Panter & Hall Gallery, London
2002 Group Exhibition, Circle Gallery, Edinburgh
2003 Joint Exhibition, Pilgrim Gallery, London
2003 ‘Exactitude’ – group show, Plus One Plus Two Galleries, London
2003 Glasgow Art Fair
2003 ‘The View’ – group exhibition, London/ Richmond
2003 Solo Exhibition, Panter & Hall, London
2003 ‘Four’ – group show, Darlington Arts Centre
2003 Gallery Artists’ Exhibition, Panter & Hall, London
2003 ‘Here & Now’ – artists of North Yorks moors & coast Pannett Gallery & Museum, Whitby
2003 Dublin Art Fair
2003 Group show, Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton
2002 Glasgow Art Fair
2004 Group show, Plus One Plus Two Gallery, London
2004 Singer - Friedlander / Sunday Times watercolour competition
2005 Solo Exhibition, Panter & Hall, London
2005 Glasgow Art Fair
2005 Dublin Art Fair
2005 Group Show, Portofino, Italy
2005 Cannes Art Fair, France
2005 Singer – Friedlander / Sunday Times watercolour competition
2005 ‘Artists’ Kew’ – group exhibition, London
2006 Solo Exhibition, Panter & Hall, London


1985 Contemporary Art Society for Wales - exhibited in the National Museum of Wales and St. David's Hall, Cardiff
1990 University College of Wales, Cardiff
2005 Prudential Art Collection


July 27th 1990 Art Review Magazine
January 1995 The Artist Magazine
September 1999 The Spectator
November 2001 AN Magazine January 2002 Resurgence Magazine
Spring 2003 The Portman Magazine
2006 Who’s Who in Art


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