Local graffiti artist Steve Miles new exhibition Motive opened last Thursday, November 8 and runs at the Quay Art Centre café until February 5. Steve is presenting his striking urban style work on canvas as part of Quay Arts ‘Punk’ season. With free entry, you can view the 17 original paintings and recognise the skill involved which has elevated graffiti from street walls to galleries around the world.
Steve was introduced to this style of art in the early 80s after seeing magazines about graffiti and hip hop for the first time. He started to create his own letter forms in bright colours and his alias as a graffiti artist emerged under the tag Toxic363. Since then, Steve has spent many years working as an artist in graphic design and the computer games industry, continuing his passion for graffiti on the side. Several years ago swapped walls for canvas to concentrate on his graffiti inspired fine art.
In this exhibition, Steve cleverly layers vibrant colours and abstract shapes and lines to create an incredible depth to his work. This technique was developed based on the effect that was discovered when Steve peeled separate layers of paint off heavily graffitied walls.
Find more of Steve’s art at www.stevemiles.co.uk. Further works will be available soon in Quay Arts West Gallery as part of its PUNK exhibition from December 1 – February 9.