Steve Oliver was born in Manchester, England. He has exhibited widely, showing work across the UK, Europe and the United States. He came runner up in the 2019 Greater Manchester Contemporary Art prize. 

He holds an MA in Fine Art from MMU, and teaches in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at the University

of Salford. He works out of Rogue Artist Studios CIC.

Above:

A conversation between Steve and HOME curator Bren O'Callaghan at the opening of Steve's solo show Best Muscle, 2019.

Focusing on his constructed photographic works, the conversation touches on Steve's use of found material, the limitations of computers, and drawing.

CV

 

Education:

2015, MA Fine Art with distinction. Manchester Metropolitan University

2004, BA Visual Arts. University of Salford

 

Prizes and awards:

Greater Manchester Arts Prize, 2019 - Runner up


Residencies:

2007-2008

AA2A Artist in Residence, University of Salford. 


 

Selected exhibitions:

 

2022

Window Gallery, University of Salford. 

2021

White Columns Online. GMT curated by Sahal Hassan

The Manchester Contemporary, exhibiting with Proforma.

 

2020

The Manchester Open. HOME, Manchester. January 2020

 

2019

Best Muscle. Solo show- Granada Foundation galleries, HOME, Manchester.

Steve Oliver in conversation, HOME, Manchester.

Greater Manchester Arts Prize exhibition. Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

We will never as humans see 360 degrees. Virtual Reality Environment. Artwalk Wakefield

Manifestation - New work by Rogue artists. Rogue Project Space

 

2018

Aesthetica Magazine, featured Artist

Angle See Showcase. Curated by Mike Chavez Dawson. At House of the Sea Bird Anglesey, Wales.


2016

We will never as humans see 360 degrees. Virtual Reality Environment. Caustic Coastal, Salford, Greater Manchester. Curated by Jo Clements.

Rogue Artists group show. Waterside Arts Centre, Sale 

 

2015

MA show. Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Manifest Arts festival 

 

2014

Endlessfun. Purdue University Fountain Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

-with Jon Maj. 

 

2013

Ur-performance Islington Mill, Salford. A Tuning Exercise (with Jon Maj)

 

2012

Right Leg Left Leg Door. Canon Hussey Court, Salford

Videoformes festival. Screenings of “JACK” in the UK and France..

Ur-performance Islington Mill, Salford. JACK. (with Jon Maj)

HOME at Cornerhouse, Manchester. 

 

2011

Videoformes festival. Screenings of “Snow and Salt” in the UK and France..

Ur-performance Islington Mill, Salford. Excursion to the Sunset.

 

2010

Windspieler Festival Rumlingen, Switzerland. With Helmut Lemke, Lee Patterson, Ben Gwilliam and Bob Levine

Ursonate (Chinese Whispers). Islington Mill gallery. 

On the way to work R&D show - Unit 14, The Lowry Outlet Mall. In collaboration with Craig Tattersall.

 

2009

Burlington Fine Arts Club Unit 1, Piccadilly Place, Manchester

 

2007

And then the silence increased. Chapman Gallery, Salford. 

Under Maintenance at Victoria baths, Manchester. 2007

Turning to Squall. Artist in Residence solo exhibition. Borland Gallery, Salford.

 

2006

The Laundry Group show.  Unit 5, 5 Fountayne road, Seven Sisters, London


 

Collaborative and research projects:

Endlessfun. Commercial photographic editions in collaboration with Jon Maj.

On the way to work. Environmental research project in collaboration with Craig Tattersall 

Impressions of Landscape. Speculative environmental research project in collaboration with Jon Maj and Johanna Goetze. 

Teaching Maps Discursive drawing project in collaboration with Craig Tattersall.

 

Editions:

The Blue of Distance. Single channel video in collaboration with H. Johnson

Endlessfun editions (now defunct)

 

Publications:

On The Way To Work short run softcover.

Teaching Maps short run softcover.

 

Music/record releases:

Untitled 7 (Out on the cottongoods label)

FOUND (Out on Found in a skip). As Trying to Remember Fields

The Descending Light EP (Out on Wist Rec). As 1+7.