Joseph Steele in Hebron, Palestine, 2015.

 'MAYDAY' 2009 in Newcastle, UK.

'MAYDAY' 2009 in Newcastle, UK.

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.

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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


Notable Exhibitions/Projects:

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


Press coverage/publications:

07/2013 - Lulu Guinness Paint project featured in the Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph

06/2012 - 'heirs to Damien Hirst' The Huffington Post

10/2009 - Sunday Sun and Metro