'The Party', Steve Proudfoot

Living room with a family party in full swing

2010, Oil on paper pasted onto board, 69 x 98.7 cm

Artist's statement

I have come to realise the following: My paintings should show what cannot be expressed any other way.

My paintings should express human drama.

We are daily bombarded with visual imagery through advertising, photography, television and film. Therefore the photographic image is in my head whether I like it or not. My painting tries to avoid but usually confronts this fact.

My paintings attempt to transform the everyday casual moments into significant ones.


Steve Proudfoot was born in Liverpool in 1950. He studied at Warrington College of Art 1969-70, Manchester Polytechnic 1971-75 (fine art) then Manchester School of Art 1976-78 (MA fashion & textiles). Whilst pursuing art in a variety of media he has worked in occupations including hospital porter and Head of Foundation at Bury College. His commissions include work for schools and churches in the North West. Group shows include 'Patchings Open Art Competition' Patchings Art Centre Calverton Nottingham 2007 (ProArte Award prizewinner) and 2008 (Royal Talens Award prizewinner), and 'Waterside Open 2010' Waterside Arts Centre Sale (3rd prizewinner).