Artist Steph Gimson creates whimsical expressionist worlds by integrating vintage print onto abstract compositions. Growing up in a creative environment, Steph sought many avenues to articulate her creativity. She first embarked on a prestigious career as a celebrity make-up artist working with the likes of David Bowie and some members of the British Royal Family. Her familiarity with the brush leads to the expansion of her desire to create through painting. Swapping her substrate from faces to canvas led her to move to the United States. Steph loves patterns and design and often comes up with them in her imaginative outlooks. She works intuitively and always starts a piece by simply playing and reflecting on her current mood. Her process revolves around tapping into her inner child and finding her way through dynamic and spontaneous directions. Steph conceives new ideas at her studio in Sarasota, Florida. “My floor is a painting by itself, splashes and drips of paint have created a beautiful abstract painting over time,” says Steph. Creating art fills her days in some form or other, Steph takes a break from creating only when she is at rest.
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About The Artist
After a highly successful career as a makeup artist in London and Europe, Steph moved to Sarasota, Florida. There she swapped her substrate from faces to canvas and found herself painting more and more which finally allowed her the ability to fully express herself.
However, she found the creative constraints of working on an ad campaign under Art Directors to be stifling. Working within the parameters of what the celebrity requested or fitting creative briefs, she found herself needing to be her own creative boss and continued to create everything from skyscapes to whimsical abstract pieces on canvas.
Working from her studio in Sarasota, Steph’s work has started to get recognition picking up awards at juried exhibitions along the way.
Steph is mainly a self-taught painter but also an alum of The Creative Visionary Program under the guidance of famed artist Nicolas Wilton.
Steph’s work has been featured at the ADC Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as Gray Fox Gallery and Art Escape Gallery in Venice, Florida. She is also featured on various online galleries.
Her private collectors are based mainly in America and the UK.
Associate of Arts, 1985