Cardiff, UK, United Kingdom
About steven irwin
Film maker and photographer, based in Cardiff, South Wales. Graduate of Cardiff Art College and the London Film School. Steven's work explores the tension and coexistence of nature and the man made. Photographic images are juxtaposed to stage surreal, cinematic scenes rich in possibilities of interpretation: dream-like, elegiac, contemplative. 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 and pleasures. As well as customary Vanitas motifs, he depicts objects that have rusted - a contemporary representation of decay to symbolise mortality. The new series Skyline has been inspired by recent visits to cities. City skylines and iconic buildings 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. 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.
Shelter Cymru Auction 2016 http://sheltercymruartauction.org.uk/art
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:
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.