Joseph Steele in Hebron, Palestine, 2015.
About Joseph Steele
Joseph Steele is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in London. His practice comprises drawing, photography, video and installation. Steele graduated in 2009 with a First in Fine Art from Newcastle University.
In 2010, with the help of a sponsorship prize Steele began making paintings and sculptures with explosives leading to a solo exhibition and a 2013 collaboration with the accessories designer Lulu Guinness. The project received national press coverage and the resulting collection went on sale in stores around the world. Steele has been shortlisted for the Association of Illustrators Award, Bloomberg New Contemporaries and the East London Painting Prize.
Since 2015 Steele’s practice has focussed on contemporary conflict. In April 2016 Steele was invited to the Kurdish controlled area of Northern Syria as a war artist. In 2015 Steele’s ‘BLAST 2’ was acquired by the British Army and is on permanent display at British Army Command, Andover. In September 2016 Steele began studying a Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London.
EXHIBITIONS, EDUCATION & AWARDS
Awards and sponsorship:
2016 - Shortlisted for Bloomberg Contemporaries
2015 - Shortlisted for the East London Painting Prize
2013 - Shortlisted for the Association of Illustrators Award for the Sage Mural
2009 - Tony Trapp and ABC Sponsorship award
2018 - 'OUTSIDE' at Crossbones Garden, Southwark, London
2016 - Residency in Rojava, Northern Syria as a guest of the PYD
2014 - Wrote, funded, produced and directed ‘Thus’, short film
2014 - 'Blast' becomes part of the British Army's permanent collection
2013 - Collaboration with accesories designer Lulu Guinness to create a collection of 200 clutch bags
2013 - Steele vs Freakkpong, ARBEIT gallery, Hackney Wick, London
2012 – Odds Against Tomorrow group show, Bearspace, London
2010 – BLAST group show, organized by Getonthewall, Globe Gallery, Newcastle
2009 – EASYRIDER group show organized by Getonthewall, Hanger 51, Newcastle
2009 – MAYDAY solo show in collaboration with JCB and Harley Davidson, Hanger 51
06/2012 - 'heirs to Damien Hirst' The Huffington Post
10/2009 - Sunday Sun and Metro