Steve Whitewood is a figurative painter working predominantly with a combination of oil and acrylic paint. The contextual theme that runs through his current practice is the art world and the superficial nature of events such as private views and art fairs.
Through the medium of paint he analyses this notion and presents the stereotypical figures that you may see at these events within a formalist, abstract setting. Whitewood places a focus on monochromatic colour combinations that he derives from architecture and interior design and the structure of his figures which he constructs with large, loose brush strokes to abstract the figures. This turns them into characters navigating the space and shines a light on the people over the art that would usually be surrounding them, which urges the viewer to examine how they present themselves within the art world.