The Bouquet, 2013
Oil on canvas
Original size: 74 x 89 cm
Photographer: Steven Ingman
Steven Ingman (b. 1984) currently lives and works in Nottingham.
Past and present living environments, memories, or places visited feature throughout Ingman’s practice. He works from a collection of onsite research mainly composing of photographs. He has a strong interest in the relationship between photography and painting. He considers the confinements of the photograph, its rules and boundaries, to attempt to discover, interpret, and then break down in the process of making a painting. It is through this imaginary versus realistic conflict that Ingman’s paintings aspire towards a universal, yet personal power.
Working with the notion of physical intimacy and a heightened response to an environment Ingman aims to look beyond the motifs of reality, to find his affinities in the sensation of environments, with the intention of unearthing the details that are missed in an initial visual engagement. He offers his personal “fresh eyed response”, bringing an ethereal, otherworldly ambiguity to the subject.
Ingman graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Lincoln in 2007. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Derby City Open 2008 - First Prize Winner; 2009 Arts Council England Award; Solo show Night Light, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 2010; British Art Show 7 - Nottingham, Leicester, 2010; Open – The Great Central Award and Attenborough shortlist; Open 2011, The Collection Lincoln; Home insecurities (group show), The Great Central Leicester, 2011; Castle Open 2012; Winner of the Great Art Award, Castle Open 2013.