British, b. 1963

Manchester born Steve Bewsher is an oddity in today's Northern Art scene - he pushes the boundaries of his imagination and paints what he wants to paint, not what he is told to paint by commercial conventions. The result is work of supreme originality.

 

After many years of painting traditional scenes,  Steve decided that "I wanted to push myself. I didn't want to be that artist who turns out basically the same painting for twenty years". So in 2014, Steve became "the man who paints rubble" - finding powerful art in subjects not normally a staple for artists: demolition, construction sites, and semi-abstract compositions of buildings and cityscapes.

 

Steve's distinctive style is created using, of all things, a Costa Coffee Loyalty card instead of a palette knife and his paintings coalesce around an important artistic principle - art is to be found in the most commonplace scenes. Just as Lowry broke ground by painting the unpaintable - such as his 1949 work The Cripples - so Steve finds beauty in unconventional subjects: recycling bins, discarded litter, construction sites. As a reminder to himself to pursue this vision in his art, Steve carries with him in his wallet a quotation from the renowned French artist and sculptor, Jean Dubuffet: "Real art," Dubuffet said, "is always lurking where you don't expect it, where nobody's thinking about it or mentions its name."