News & Upcoming

‘the space of nothing and everything’

upcoming solo exhibition:
24th October – 9th November  2019
Cube Gallery, London, W1H1BS

‘the emotion of newness, drawing 02-19’
conte and coloured pencil on mylar, 92 x 150 cm. (image)
Laurie Steen 2019

You can also find me on:
Instagram: @lauriesteenastudio
and twitter: @SteenLD


I will be exhibiting new larger drawings at the the London Art Fair.
London Art Fair
Cube Gallery London
January 16 – 20th, 2019
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH
T +44 (0) 207 9352600 

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017
13 September – 22 October 2017, Jerwoood Space, London
the space of nothing and everything, Hedge Drawing 13-17
conte, coloured pencil on mylar, 44 x 35 cm. 
‘Works on Paper’ 
7 September – 30 September 2017, Cube Gallery, London
’30th Anniversary Exhibition 
14 September – 11 October, Wallace Galleries, Calgary, Canada
‘RWA 165 Autumn Exhibition’

1 October – 3 December 2017, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Uk

‘the space of nothing and everything’ is part of a series of drawings on mylar depicting my landscape close to home.  Fleeting stills I come across quite unexpectedly, encounters that are filled with anticipation, a sense of the limitless, extraordinary in the ordinary.  When the landscape meets the sky in perfect composition and the contour of negative space heightens my awareness of what is; when the emptiness seems full.    I aim to render a humanness within the landscape, to show that it has been remembered and felt.

Now showing work with CUBE Gallery in Marleybone in London.


For available work, please refer to gallery representation.

RWA at the Atkinson, The Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset

5 September – 15 October 2016

for a press release and information, please visit:

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AAF Battersea, 20 – 23 October, 2016
New work showing with REN Fine Art.


graphite painting 11-16 graphite painting 10-16


My studio is full of 2 new series of work in progress.  Please check back for upcoming exhibition details soon.  Until then, there is a one week retreat course and one day course I am teaching within the next few months…

 The Nature of Drawing 

May 22 @ 5:00 pm – May 27 @ 2:00 pm, 2016

Coombe Farm Studios,

Dittisham,  Devon TQ6 0JA United Kingdom

Lose your inhibition to draw through large movement and shadow drawing, emotive sketching, and experimental mark making within nature. Learn about the basic principles of sketching, and how to simple begin.  “I love teaching this course,,, we make a mess, push each other’s artistic boundaries, and everyone is very prolific!” 

Please refer to my teaching schedule for more details.

Through the Bristol Drawing School,
Saturday June, 11, 2016

On the very last day of the Imagined Landscape exhibition, join RWA Academician Laurie Steen for a workshop aimed at developing landscape drawing skills, whilst also exploring ways of capturing the sense of a place and the fleeting memories contained within it. As well as including free entry to the exhibition to gather inspiration, part of the workshop will take place offsite at Brandon Hill, using the scenic vistas, trees within the landscape, and the terraced garden at the base of the tower as the subject for emotive sketches. Students will be guided through drawing exercises such as catching shadows, contour drawing, and experimental mark-making, before returning to the studio to work up drawings through the repeated process of drawing, layering, displacing, removing and adding a medium. Please bring a sketchbook, and any favourite drawing implements, although there will be an opportunity to explore a range of mediums in the studio. Please be aware that there will be a short walk to the location.


October 21- 25, 2015  Badcocks Gallery 

as I remember it, home drawing 15-14 Laurie_Steen – Version 2

as I remember it,,, home drawing 15-14

sweetly scented tree surrounding me,,, home drawing 09-15


sweetly scented tree surrounding me,,, drawing 09-15


September 19 + 20, Penzance, 2015

Walking into Memory is an artist-led project initiated by Jayne Anita Smith bringing together a diverse range of 24 artists from Cornwall and the wider UK, who will take over an empty Victorian house in Penzance to create art that responds to the traces of history and memory suggested within the fabric of the building.

The house remained largely untouched since the 60’s and 70’s with many original features still intact and therefore generates a uniquely layered dialogue and a sense of times past – a historical space in transition.  It provides the inspiration and opportunity for the participating artists to produce work away from their regular studio practice, a chance for exploration outside the usual gallery context. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, films and installations will be made both in situ and off site and come together to create a unique and transient show.

The title Walking into Memory evokes wider connections involving memory such as trace, vestige, remains, remnant, relic, evocation, recollection, remembrance, home and belonging.

Walking into Memory takes place prior to the house undergoing a substantial architectural renovation and therefore the artistic interventions and interpretations are destined to be absorbed into the memories and history of the house.

Participating artists:  Jane Ansell, Sam Bassett, , Susanna Bauer, Zelda Chappel, Ilker Cinarel,  Faye Dobinson, Paul Fry, Emma Griffin, Stacey Gutherie, Marie-Claire Hamon, Henry Hussey, Donna Mitchel, Morwenna Morrison, Juliette Paull, Caroline Pedler, Anthony Smith, Jayne Anita Smith, Laurie Steen, Jason Walker, Lucy Willow, Emma saffy Wilson, Lisa Wright, Pippa Young, Rafal Zajko

The house will become an exhibition space open to the public on 19th and 20th September 2015, 9am – 9pm.  At 60, Morrab Road, Penzance. TR18 4EP

More information can be found via the website
You can also follow on twitter @walkin2memory  and Facebook into Memory PDF final flyer design

SKETCHING THE GARDENS OF KILVER COURT, (Sunday Oct, 3, 2015) 10:30 – 4:30

Through the Bristol Drawing School

Students will meet at Kilver Court Gardens, near Shepton Mallet, with its beautiful grounds and magnificent nineteenth century viaduct. The day will be spent sketching the scenic landscape and individual elements within it.

The tutor will guide students in how to create sketches which evoke the gardens, drawn actively and loosely. We will warm-up with drawing exercises, such as catching shadows, contour drawing, experimental mark-making and emotive sketching, as we draw the gardens by studying and looking at the unique landscape and landforms that might in themselves inspire a specific way of drawing. We will aim to create works which celebrate the energy and spontaneity of our working processes.

Students will be required to transport themselves to Kilver Court Gardens and back. Please note there is free onsite parking at Kilver Court.

DRAWING, discussing the process that is in each of us
Coombe Farm Studios, Nov. 12 -15, 2015  (Thurs. night to Sunday)

This short intense course with Laurie Steen will use the Winter Landscape as our subject and the catalyst to explore a variety of monochromatic mediums.  The course will also focus on how we find and translate inspirations in the shapes and landscape around us.  We will aim to work quickly exploring a variety of line and mark making media while focusing on the natural series of changes that come with pushing the boundaries of our own drawing methods.

Thus leading us to discuss and work through how each of us become inspired and how we translate our inspirations from life as well as many multidisciplinary art forms into our own working processes.  Our aim is to not only push our own artistic boundaries but to also inspire and challenge each other,  and to have at the end a clear idea about the way in which we work and how to access that which inspires.   With much focus on honing and nurturing each persons own unique line and mark making ability.  Coombe Farm is a beautiful retreat studio in the heart of the River Dart with accommodation too!
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Tweeting!  For regular news about exhibitions and teaching schedule and snippets that inspire, do follow and I will endeavour to tweet regularly.  Laurie Steen  @SteenBowles  

Thank you RWA!   Honoured to have just been elected by Academician vote to be an Academician with the Royal West of England Academy.  The RWA is one of 5 Royal Academy’s in the UK.


Last 2 weeks to see the Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy.  The four pieces below are seen with Ian Middleton’s sculpture.




October 12 – December 7, 2014  Royal West of England Academy

This year I am delighted to be in the final round of selection to becoming a Royal West of England Academician.  There is a special exhibition for the the final candidates during the Autumn Exhibition, in the Cube Gallery on the lower level.

Laurie-Steen_Landstill 05-12 (from the studio).jpeg

landstill 05-12, (from the studio)

(just at the edge of day) i see, home drawing 10-14

(just at the edge of day) i see, home drawing 10-14




October 23- 26, 2014  Badcocks Gallery  landstill 06-12 (angel)

landstill 06-12, (angel)

spring sonnet 04-14

spring sonnet 03-14


Feature Contributor:
Artists & Illustrators Magazine,  March 2014 issue
“Drawing on Nature”  pages 74 – 76
















Coombe Farm Gallery  (Dittisham)
Private View: IT’S ALL WHITE
Friday 15th November: 6.00-8.00pm/
paintings – original prints – drawing – mixed media – ceramics – glass – jewellery

EXHIBITORS include: Paul Riley, Jilly Sutton, Laurel Keeley, Gerry Dudgeon & fresh from the start of her MA in Falmouth, Kate Marshall. Returning geniuses Rosalind Wyatt, Will Shakespeare, Francesca Nurse …and with her first jewellery collection in 15 years…Tina Riley. All showing work alongside artists new to Coombe Farm Gallery including Rebekah Lockley, Robert Manners & Laurie Steen.

Image Featured: Portrait of a birch & willow tree by Laurie Steen
drawing 61-09, graphite on mylar, dimensions 30 x 50cm, invisibly float mounted in a black frame








Drawing 08-12, (navigating Edinburgh 2), oil and graphite on wooden panel with custom white float frame, 50 x 70cm.

Royal West of England Academy:  DRAWN

“As a means of communication and navigation, drawing has taken on a universality and accessibility unlike any other medium.  It is a building block of creativity, key to the visualisation and translation of ideas and practices, fundamental in making, doing, testing, failing, designing, thinking, playing and living…   Drawn aims to raise the profile of drawing, presenting it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. From artists who either draw, or explore the concept of drawing in their work, the show features work from illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects.














Root Drawing 03-12

everywhere,,, graphite painting 13-11


Respected Artist/ Writer Fiona Robinson invites an artist bimonthly to feature at ‘Fiona Robinson Writings on Art’ .
July 2011.

Art and Forest Camp

Art and Forest Camp,  founded by Laurie Steen Bowles and Sara Burnand is based at Marsh Farm near Cheriton Fitzpaine.  WE run camps during the holidays for children between the ages of 5 and 13, where each child is encouraged to build a connection with the natural environment, push their creative boundaries, lose their inhibitions in regards to drawing and painting and improve their social and communication skills.

For a taster of what we do and what we like to get up to, please check out a short film of our summer camp!

Our new website is currently under construction too, but do check in for updates and our 2014 camp schedule.

From Dartmoor Arts;  “Our Big Draw weekend on 20 & 21 October, 2012 was a great success and 20 artists joined us for Drawing: Two Days, two Approaches taught by artists Laurie Steen & Paul Thomas. Students spent a day with each tutor and some incredible work was made over the weekend. We plan to run this event again next year.