Born and raised in Chelsea in the 1960s, Chris Steadman, although influenced by Lowry, has gradually developed his own unique style, which is reminiscent of the Folk Art tradition. He creates compositions filled with factory workers enjoying their leisure time, and the urban sprawl of smoking factory chimneys ever present in the distance. Closer inspection of these tableaux reveal many different, miniature narratives; including children playing with hoops, animals in their cages at the back of the circus, an open door revealing a wallpapered interior and a man watering his plants from an upstairs window .
Chris finds inspiration in the buildings and architecture around him. Sometimes he will recreate these buildings directly, but he also likes to knit together buildings he loves into his own imaginary landscapes. His intricate works have been created over countless hours using only the medium of dry coloured pencil (Faber Castell Polychromos). Chris’s main subjects are Victorian architecture and buildings. These subjects are usually drawn from his own imagination at a large size and are from a combination of life and his own photographic references.
Chris is a member of The Society of Fulham Artists and Potters (SOFAP), where he exhibits, and has sold his work and is a new member of UKCPS (The UK Coloured Pencil Society). He has had work selected and shown by The Chelsea Arts Society Annual Summer Exhibition in the Chelsea Town Hall. He recently had a solo exhibition at The Queens Head Chelsea where he showed the breadth of his work, from pieces created in the 1980s, right up to those created earlier this year.