hi there! my name is steven robert bruce - born and bred in Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester in the north west of England. I attended Ashton Grammar School where I gained three O'levels, none of which were Art, having failed in my exam. Accepting this failure, Art was cast aside forever I thought as I went through a number of jobs before settling into a career as a Hairdresser in the town I had moved to in 1979, Mossley.
At the age of 38 in 1994 a turning point in my life occurred. Out of the blue I was given an oil painting set for my birthday, which i found quite strange at the time but not wishing to be rude and give it away I decided to have a go. And for the last 22 years I have been 'having a go' in every bit of spare time.
Completely self taught I paint exclusively in oils except for the couple of murals I attempted some years ago.
Leaving the Tameside area for Blackpool in 1997 was also a big turning point as I waved goodbye to my clients and career as a hairdresser and took a job as a postman to allow more time to paint.In Dec 2013 I took early retirement and now am free to paint all day.
Since leaving Royal Mail in 2013 I have held several exhibitions including Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery in 2016. I have taken part in two Lytham Arts Festivals with solo exhibitions at the Lowther in Lowther Gardens, Lytham and occasionally exhibit at the Pavilion cafe in Ashton Gardens in St Annes.
In 2018 I was featured in the magazine 'Lancashire life' as artist of the month and in June of that year I was pleased to win the Blackpool Winter Gardens art competition to mark their 140th anniversary.
I can also be found on a Facebook search under stevie's art page and on Twitter as @bruceyart