Steve Capper attended Manchester’s High School of Art, in 1955, at the age of 11 followed by the Manchester College of Art in 1962 and then Bretton Hall College in 1965. He then went on to have a prolific career in the Arts.
As the head of a large art faculty in an Oldham comprehensive school, Steve taught painting for thirty years. He then took early retirement in 1996, to concentrate on producing his own work.
Steve both lives and works near Oldham, in the Pennines, and these hills have had a major influence on his work. The hills and valleys, together with the man made environs, produce simple, individual shapes, which combine to form more complex images.
Moreover, the shapes and patterns provide an ideal vehicle for Steve’s work with colour; his use of primary colour both enhances and emphasises the fascinating aspects of this special environment.
Steve will do an on the spot sketch, which is then taken into the art studio, he reworks it and then produces a composite image. Alongside his landscapes are his still life paintings, showing the influences of the cubists and the fauves. Speaking about his paintings Steve Capper has said “My work is not a photographic image of a single place, but rather a composite of several places. I am attempting to capture the feeling and atmosphere of Saddleworth and the Pennines, focusing on the shapes and patterns formed by the clouds, fields and trees etc. My use of primary colours is to emphasise the forms created by these special landscapes. I have been painting still life pieces for over forty years since I came across the work of Picasso, Braque and Mattice. The format feels like an old friend and something I am comfortable with.”
Steve’s work has been exhibited in many prestigious galleries all over the UK.