Steven Phillip Smith was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1974. He studied Art at A-level and then foundation at Wigan & Leigh College before going to Middlesbrough University in 1994 to study Fine Art.
After leaving University, Steven became a successful Scenic Painter and Mural Artist working throughout the UK & Europe, painting for Museums such as The National Army Museum and The Natural History Museum, on film and television sets. Steven also worked with designers for large companies in the leisure industry such as Leisure Parks, and Merlin on projects at Tussauds and Blackpool Tower.
Steven has developed a very photo-realistic style of painting working in oils, influenced by American Artists such as Chuck Close, Ralph Goings and Richard Estes.
Over recent years Steven has been producing stunning works of art that experiment with ideas of scale, form and colour through the theme of landscape and portraiture.
His subject matter is predominantly focused on his family and the surrounding countryside of the Northwest of England and the Lake District, although he has also begun working with several professional models in the studio.
He has exhibited in several joint shows and his growing reputation has led to recent portrait commissions for boxer Amir Khan, Sam Allardyce and most recently the footballer Kevin Davies.
His work is available to buy in many galleries throughout the UK.