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    Biography


    Steve Moberly was born in Keynsham in 1972.

    He didn’t grow eyebrows until the age of fifteen.   Flippant as it seems, believe it – it shaped the man.

    “Many people have taken the easy route of striving and working hard to get where they are today. I have fought my way through a considerably more difficult path, that of privilege and lethargy” Is one of his less fine moments.

     He lives and works in Bournemouth

    This year he has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize 2016

    In his home town he picked up the best visual arts event award for his exhibition ‘Insider Planting’ as part of the Bournemouth Emerging Artist Fringe Festival 2015.

    Other career highlights include being selected along with ten other artists for ‘Emergency’ Aspex in Portsmouth’s open call exhibition in 2015, being chosen for the Platform award at the same venue in 2014 and the invitation  exhibition ‘Best of the West’  at the Pound Arts centre, Corsham.

    In 2012 in a children’s playground he went partially blind for ten minutes which has proved an invaluable experience for mixing space killing neutral greys.

     

    View more of Steve's work here 

    Small drawing commissions and selected work from this exhibition are available for sale here 

     

     

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  • 'If I called this painting 'Strength in Vulnerability' (After 'The Big Night Down the Drain') would the gender war subside a little?' , 2016 Acrylic on Polyester on Board   49 cms x 37 cms

  • Face Grabber/Lover6 , 2016   Acrylic on Polyester on Board   57.5 cms x 48.5 cms

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  • 'If I called this 'Marmalade Malady' would it be enough to put you off?'  2016                              Acrylic on Polyester on Board   37 cms x 46 cms

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  • Facegrabber/Lover 5, 2016   Acrylic on Polyester on Board   58 cms x 56 cms 

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  • 'If I called this 'Heads/Tails' would you appreciate it's lack of commitment?' 2016               Acrylic on Polyester on Board. 58 cms x 66 cms 

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  • 'If I called this 'Untitled' would that leave all the clued with the painting?'  2016                                                          Acrylic on Polyester on Board   38.5 cms x 36.5 cms 

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  • Balloons, 2015/16    Acrylic on Polyester on Board   120 cms x  153 cms

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  • Birth 1, 2016   Acrylic on Polyester on Board   37 cms x 27 cms 

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  • Butterfly, 2016    Acrylic on Board   30.5 cms x 41 cms 

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  • Chinese Leaf, 2016.   Acrylic on Board.   30.5 cms x 41 cms

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  • Birth 2, 2016    Acrylic on Polyester on Board   40 cms x 34 cms 




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    An artists forward.

     

    Smugness and shame are possibly strange bedfellows, but mixed amongst an agitated world of comfort eating, faux pas and social media, probably not so. And maybe not so evident in the work at first, but in the titles it is certainly laid on a bit thick from time to time.

    Dried out paint in plastic cups, bits of grubby cling film that often stick to the shoes and caked up cheap brushes, the mess of the working environment leads up to the only place of any discernible  order; that of the surface. And at the business end that is that very surface, a certain edginess arises from the constant feeling that one is about to do something slightly inappropriate.

    An attempt, in paint, to expose hidden relationship subtleties and details, invariably turns into an expose of that most unfashionable of art topics; one’s own personal disposition. Even the choice of subject matter; that of childbirth does little to hide the observer’s position, not as the unseen silent witness, but as  the one who is being observed. Far too much is on show and it seems a little vulgar. A low grade vanity one half hopes is obscured in one’s vague, overly masticated use of both language and paint. That’s half a false modesty, the paint isn’t vague in many areas (no grand claim here either) but one prefers to say that it is.

     

    Steve Moberly, 2016 

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  • THE EARTH IS ROUND, THE EARTH IS FLAT

                   (some stories are rigid, all stories are malleable) 

     

                              New Paintings by Steve Moberly

                                                         2016

  • Pre-Birth 2, 2016.       Acrylic on polyester on board.         47.5cms x 36.5.cms

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  • Pre-Birth 1, 2016.  Acrylic on polyester on board.     36.5cms x 36.5cms 

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  • Birth 3, 2016     Acrylic on Polyester on Board  40cms x 34 cms

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