steven irwin

steven irwin

Cardiff, UK, United Kingdom

About steven irwin

Steven Irwin is an award winning film maker and photographer. He's traveled the world in search of modern urbanscapes, iconic architecture and unusual landscapes.

His work explores the tension and coexistence of nature and the man made.

Photographic images are layered and juxtaposed to stage surreal, cinematic scenes rich in possibilities of interpretation: dream-like, elegiac, contemplative.

Steven's art practice consists of a rigorous exploration of cityscapes, urban landscapes and the fusion of human form and natural environments.

His work often references the early 17th century Vanitas compositions that consist of decaying objects, symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements. As well as customary Vanitas motifs, Steven depicts objects that have rusted - a contemporary representation of decay and mortality.

His skylines and iconic architecture have been modified and arranged to create abstracted scenes which consider the evolution of urban spaces.

Steven's work explores the effects of climate change on large city conurbations and the theme of civilisation in decay.

Curator Adriana Marques at Rise Art:
"Irwin's take on our dense urbanscapes remind us that even bricks and mortar don't last forever. These layered works test the boundaries of photography and bring a sense of organic vitality back to our cities. "

The artist uses both analogue and digital techniques, from scratched negatives and chemical staining to digital layering and blending, each created to form a unique and stylised image.


BA Fine Art Cardiff College of Art.
Film Diploma London Film School.
MA Film Glamorgan University.


Book Cover, Andi Nachon Poetry Collection 2019
Defaced, Calm Collective at Other Art Fair, 2019
Dark Light Photography Book, Published 2019
Shelter Cymru Auction 2018
December 11th to February 15th 2014 - Dylan Thomas Centenary - Solo Show at Oriel Q Gallery. Ten Photographs inspired by Dylan Thomas' Poetry.


Recent Exhibitions and Media include:
2021, International Fine Arts Festival, Slovenia
2020, Street Art Guardian Media
2018, Portrait Wales, Little Man Gallery, Cardiff
2018, 3 New Works at Summer Show at Oriel Q Gallery
2018, Work in Urban Art Photographer at Rise Art
2017, Work featured in Art and Architecture Rise Art
2017, Land of Venus III, Saatchi Art Spring Catalogue
2017, Cosmopolis featured at Rise Art, London.
2016, Wild Fire featured in Evening Standard.
2016, Wild Flowers of London, featured in Guardian
2016, Shelter Cymru Art Auction.
2016 Eclipse, featured in Guardian Online
Penarth Pavilion Open Art Exhibition 2015
2015 Featured Artist at Rise Art
Neon Desert II featured in Florals & Plants Saatchi Art.
2015 Work featured in Guardian Online
2014 Featured in Pixelmania Guardian Online
2014 Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth, West Wales.
2013 MoMA Wales.
2012 Norwegian Church, Cardiff.
2012 The Gate, Cardiff.
2011 Oriel Ty Celf, Newport.
2010 City Museum, Swansea.
2009 The Gate, Cardiff
2008 Eistedfodd, Cardiff.
2007 Washington Gallery, Cardiff.