Steve's giant 100kg wall mounted Octopus "Writhe" has won the coveted annual prize given by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Steve was crowned this year's Wildlife Artist of the Year at London's Mall Galleries last week.
Having been shortlisted for three consecutive years, Steve has now scooped the prestigious award for his almighty wall-mounted octopus entitled “Writhe”, made of solid bronze and mounted upon the wall.
Years of diving in the vivid seas in Egypt gave Steve a taste for underwater life and his captivations were reignited in 2017 whilst on a field trip to the remote Mentawai islands off the Indonesian island of Sumatra. “The instantaneous changing colours and adaptability of the octopus, in particular their wriggling motion, is so beautiful to watch. I was intrigued to see if I could capture their fluidity of motion and their spectacular ways. “Writhe” was a challenge technically, but the possibilities were endless and I enjoyed the freedom to explore the infinite boundaries that the octopus’ traits presented”.
“It humbles me for my work to be appreciated by so many artists who I have long-admired. Not only to be deemed worthy to exhibit alongside them but also to be recognized as someone who is passionate about making a difference in the world of conservation is mind-blowing. There were so many incredible pieces of work that were shortlisted this year, I just can’t believe that I was announced as the winner. I am so thankful and still in shock”.
DSWF is a leading conservation charity founded by the acclaimed British artist David Shepherd – one of the world’s most well-known conservationists and wildlife artists.Since the competition began in 2008, it has attracted more than 10,000 entries from around the world, raising more than £1.2m to fund DSWF’s vital work.In it’s 12thyear, the renowned competition brings together a wide range of artists and animal lovers from all over the globe in a showcase of some of the world’s most exciting wildlife art.
Comments from the Competition Judging Panel:
“Not only is this genius in design and execution but to have the courage to have it climbing a wall as those dextrous creatures lend themselves to is mildly brilliant. A joy to behold and admire – it invites us to consider our seas as the octopus does”.