About Steven

Steven Higginson is a Scottish artist, based in Dundee.

Born in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1982, his talent was apparent from an early age and he recalls drawing before attempting reading or writing. He was often discovered sketching on the blank pages of books he found around the house. Growing up, Steven often sketched the iconic images from album covers and music books and these influences have stayed with him and can be seen in the use of pop photography in his contemporary still lifes.

Steven decided to move north to Dundee after being enchanted by the city and the art school's traditional approach to teaching painting. He began studying for his degree in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in 2001. He spent the first two years of his course studying traditional techniques in oil and watercolour through capturing local cityscapes, landscapes and people. He also spent time in life-drawing classes honing his technique. In his degree show year, Steven put his new skills into practice and produced some impressive large-scale autobiographical paintings which captured the dynamics of human relationships, set within scarred urban landscapes. 

He was awarded The Aiden Threlfall Traveling Scholarship from the Goldsmith's Company in London in 2004, the same year of his graduation. He used the highly-prestigious scholrship to he spend time in Paris, Venice, Rome and Madrid studying works of the old masters, namely Velazquez, Caravaggio and Manet. This trip proved very influential as these artists' chiaroscuro style can still be seen in many of his recent work.  He has now been painting full-time since 2005, and has had work accepted at the RGI and Aberdeen Artists Society annual shows.

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