Steve Capper artwork for sale and artist biography
Steve Capper attended Manchester’s High School of Art in 1955, at the age of just eleven, followed by the Manchester College of Art in 1962 and then Bretton Hall College in 1965. He taught painting for thirty years as head of a large art faculty in an Oldham comprehensive school, before taking early retirement in 1996 to concentrate on producing his own work.
Steve is an... artist who sits firmly in the tradition of northern school expressionism, but whose bold and contemporary use of colour, and willingness to experiment with texture, places him at the forefront of those who are taking the visual motifs of northern art in a new direction.
In this he is following in the footsteps of William Ralph Turner (1920-2013) who borrowed from the pioneering visions of Valminck and Soutine, to distance himself from a purely realist representation of the industrial north and its surrounding landscape.
Capper, who lives on the edge of the Pennines, focuses on the shapes and patterns formed by the clouds, hills and fields surrounding him and emphasises the simplicity of form with the bold and occasionally surreal use of primary colours. The seemingly simple nature of these landscapes provides an ideal vehicle for Steve's bold and unrestrained style which is influenced by the cubists and the fauves.
He has taught and exhibited extensively nationwide, most notably at Gallery Oldham and Saddleworth Museum, and his work is held in numerous private collections.