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Get to Know the Artists : Steven Heaton

Updated: Sep 13, 2018

We know that our discerning customers love fine food and travel as well as art, so we asked our artists to share some thoughts with us. Here is the next in our series: Steven Heaton.

If you could own one work of art, money no object, from any time in history what would it be and why?

I am not sure, I don’t think that I could narrow it down from all the paintings I know and love... and all the artwork I come to know everyday that is new to me, the beautiful illuminated pages in the Alchemy Of Colour exhibition at John Rylands Library that absolutely blew my mind just the other week.. However, I did go to the Howard Hodgkin exhibition of his ‘last paintings’ and became so emotional I had to leave.. I went back twice and each occasion, had to leave again to compose myself.. the very last painting ‘over to you’ had such a powerful emotional impact on me I couldn’t last more than a few minutes before the tears came and I had to leave... I would like this painting, just to be able to come to terms with the loss of Howard Hodgkin, in private, so I don’t embarrass myself publicly.

Describe your favourite meal. 

My favourite food is anything that the restaurant ‘Bundobust’ serves, a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Piccadilly .. absolutely out of this world, I only discovered it earlier this year and it is the most outstandingly beautiful food, atmosphere and lovely people I’ve ever encountered.

If you could live anywhere else in the country, the world, the universe, where would that be and why?

My studio. When I’m in my studio I could be anywhere and everywhere in the world, the universe, that is my sanctuary, where light becomes silent.

Steven Heaton & Sara Riccardi
Steven Heaton in his studio in conversation with art historian Sara Riccardi

Steven Heaton is an award-winning artist and director at Cross Street Arts.

His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is held in private collections, galleries and museums throughout England, America and Canada.

Heaton's work examines time, memory and human interaction within the world, and above all nature’s dominance. His work is often referred to as ‘time pieces’, representing a world without us, and allowing us to examine what still remains.

Through the application of layered paint, it is what he chooses to add and remove that  leaves a history on the canvas of conscious decisions, slowly built over time from memories, interactions within the environment and dialogue with himself about where he is, where he has been and where he finds himself. Revelations often occur hidden beneath the surface - it is only through this struggle and his determination to keep painting that he can understand himself and why he paints. Exploring uncertainty and the permanence of memory, his work is a transient and somewhat fragile interpretation of what we perceive as ourselves, our life and our consciousness.

Steven Heaton Night Walk
Steven Heaton - Night Walk

We love Steven Heaton's work at Saul Hay Gallery and have exhibited his vibrant exciting paintings, collages and a video installation in several exhibitions. We are looking forward to including his work in our Manchester Art Fair Stand 230, 12th - 14th October

Follow the link below to see more of Steven's work:

Enquiries to Saul Hay Gallery 01612224800, or pop into the gallery.

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