Biography

Steve Vigors was born in Queensland but raised in Perth Western Australia. He moved to the South West in the early 90’s with his wife and then infant daughter. Twenty plus years on Steve now enjoys the company of his family comprising of three children along with his wife Josie.

Steve’s passion in art started at a very early age.

“From the time I could hold a pencil in my hand, I drew things. My favourite, as most young boys at that time, was to draw dinosaurs” recalls Steve.

As he progressed into the school years, aeroplanes became his subject of choice. To his teachers’ frustration, instead of learning the lessons of the day, Steve produced drawings ranging from cartoon characters to vehicles and anything else that caught his attention.

In the early 90’s Steve’s art took a back seat as his time was taken up raising his young family and studying to become a qualified Registered Builder. Now with more time on his hands, he is able to let his creativity and passion flow. Steve’s other creative outlet is cooking, but many a meal has been ruined due to his passion for art shifting his focus back to the canvas.

Steve is well known as a multi-award winning local artist with his work now infiltrating metropolitan, as well as the international arena, with some of his pieces now residing as far abroad as the United Kingdom, USA, Canada and China.

Steve works in all medium, however is currently attracted predominantly to acrylics and pastels. Recently Steve discovered water soluble oils, which is proving a pleasure to use. Steve enjoys painting landscapes and seascapes but has completed several portraits; one being of Councillor Ian Stubbs, who was elected the First Mayor of the City of Busselton in 2012. Steve finds inspiration in all aspects of this great world of ours, hence his diversity.  The beautiful south west corner of Western Australia where Steve resides provides a vast variety of subject matter.

Over time, Steve has developed his own technique of applying pastels. Usually a delicate medium to work with and one that is traditionally rubbed into the paper, Steve applies his pastels in a stoke-like manner and in most cases, lets only the pastel meet the work surface. The pastel stroke’s Steve applies captures the movement and shapes of the natural terrain and compliments the relaxed lifestyle that most locals enjoy in the South West.

Steve is a member of both the Dunsborough and Busselton Art Societies and has also joined ‘artist online’ comprising of like-minded creative people wishing to showcase their artwork.  Steve became a member of Margaret River Regional Open Studios and held his first home studio exhibition in 2016. He is very much looking forward to participating again this year and has met some wonderful art lovers thought this wonderful concept. Since becoming a little more tech savvy, Steve became a member of the Australian Studio Painters and Australian Plein Air Painters and is enjoying conversing with fellow artists through social media and participating in the evolution of their artistic journeys.

Upcoming 2017 Exhibitions

        • • Margaret River Regional Open Studios – 22 April to 7 May 
        •              Home Studio at 4 Pipit Court, Broadwater
        •   Artwork also exhibited at
        •              Bootleg Brewery – Puzey Road, Wilyabrup (South West W.A.

Achievements

    • 2016 Busselton Art in the Park
      o Highly Commended – Pastel Category
    • 2016 Dunsborough Art Society – January Exhibition
      o Best Seascape Category
      o Best Abstract Category
      o Highly Commended
    • 2015 Dunsborough Lions Club Annual Exhibition
      o First Prize – Acrylic Category
    • 2015 Busselton Art in the Park
      o Hon. Libby Mettam, MLA Award – Best Painting depicting a Local Area Theme
      o Mayor’s Award
      o Highly Commended Pastel Category
    • 2015 Dunsborough Art Society – January Exhibition
      o Best in Show
      o Highly Commended
      o Highly Commended Pastel Category
    • 2014 Dunsborough Art Society – January Exhibition
      o Highly Commended – two (2) pieces
    • 2013 Busselton Art in the Park
      o 1st Prize Pastel Category
      o 1st Prize Bernie & Carolina Masters Award – Our Australian Lifestyle
      o Highly Commended Oil/Acrylic Category
    • 2012 Dunsborough Art Society
      o 2nd Best Overall
    • 2012 Dunsborough Art Society
    • o 2nd Best Overall
    • 2012 Busselton Art in the Park
      o Best in Show
      o 1st Prize – Pastel Category
      o 2nd Prize – Pastel Category
    • 2011 – Busselton Art in the Park– Best in Show
    • 2010 – ArtGeo Signature South West Exhibition –Most Promising Local Artist
    • 2009 – Busselton Art in the Park -Best Local Scene

 

 
 

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