Heysham artist’s work shines through

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AN art exhibition has opened in Lancaster headlined by a local scaffolder whose work has drawn comparisons with the likes of Francis Bacon and David Hockney.

Shine, an exhibition by fine art painter Steve Harris, is on display at Arteria’s Gallery 23 in Brock Street until October 15.

Steve, from Heysham, started painting more than 20 years ago when he was laid off at work and is self-taught.

It all began when he was carrying out a scaffolding job for a former art lecturer who advised him to set up a website and try to sell his work.

He posted two paintings on the internet which were spotted by art critics in America.

They published reviews comparing Steve to such modern art pioneers as David Hockney and Francis Bacon, a story pursued at the time by The Times, The Independent and Sky News.

His website was soon getting 24,000 hits a day and he had work hanging in galleries from New York to Barcelona.

But he still hasn’t given up the day job.

See the Lancaster Guardian (30-06-11) for full story.