Biography of a Lancashire Artist
Lancashire artist Stephen James Cross BSc continues to maintain his life long participation in the study and practise of the visual arts as a painter of dramatic landscapes, emotional portraits and fascinating figurative studies.
Art Education and Career
Having Studied fine art at Blackburn School of Art & Design (a faculty of Blackburn Technical College, now Blackburn University)1983 – 1985 he continued his studies at Bolton Institute of Higher Education (now Bolton University) studying graphic design specialising in illustration. Having worked in design studios throughout the north west of England in the role of graphic designer and photographer Stephen returned to education 2008 – 2011 attending Edgehill University graduating with a 2:1 BSc (hons) Secondary Education specialising in Design Technology with Qualified Teacher Status.
In the development of his career as practising artist he continues to attended workshops, demonstrations, and seminars conducted by a wide range of artists. Valuing the importance of objective drawing as the fundamental skill of artistic expression, a skill in which he has invested daily through extensive recording in visual diaries and with attendance at life drawing sessions using the opportunity to experiment with methods and techniques he strives to break the boundaries of drawing habit with a fresh, new means of examination.
Exhibitions & Awards
Stephen exhibits his works extensively through galleries and exhibitions. His work is held in many private collections in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.
Lodge Artist annual exhibition 2016 Astley Hall Gallery
‘The Path by The Lodge’ oil on canvas board – Highly Commended
Lodge Artist annual exhibition 2015 Farmhouse Gallery
‘Stepping Stones’ acrylic on canvas board – Highly Commended
Lodge Artist annual exhibition 2014 Astley Hall Gallery
‘Self Portrait 2014’ acrylic on canvas – Highly Commended
I draw, I paint because I must. I must create to bring cohesion to the madness in my mind