Born in 1984 Steven James Ingman grew up in a rural farming community near Bawtry, Doncaster. Steven James Ingman lived there until gaining a place at Lincoln University in 2002 to study Fine Art. It is the complete change of lifestyle that influences Ingman's work - being thrust into an unfamiliar environment of bold colours and ferocious sounds.
I spend time at night just wandering around Nottingham, taking in the atmosphere of this industrial environment. I find by day the city is frantic as our cosmopolitan society merges into a gritty greyness of our concrete existence. However by night an obtrusive luminous light blankets its surroundings creating a city awash in bright vibrant colours. The paintings transform these everyday scenes of urban life by using an explosion of paint, creating landscapes of light, colour and movement. The work utilises the tactile qualities of oil paint in conjunction with the mark-making of the pallet knife in creating impasto depictions, entwining the essence of the subject matter and the bold nature of the work
The work is snap shot insights into our reality, split second memories frozen and encapsulated into the surface of the paint, allowing for onlookers a heightened awareness of our urban living.
Recents awards include; Derby City Open 2008 winner – awarded a solo exhibition for 2010 and the University of Lincoln Purchase Prize Winner award in 2007.
Recent exhibitions include; Derby City Open 2008 Derby Museum and Art Gallery; Landscape v Cityscape Open - May 2008 Claire Galleries, (Birmingham); Nottingham Castle Open - November 2007, Angel Row Gallery, (Nottingham); Fresh Open show - August 2007, View from the Top Gallery, (Nottingham); Lincoln University Degree show - May 2007, (Lincoln) and Open plan - January 2007, Group exhibition, Tyler Gallery, (Philadelphia, USA)