Steven Heyen - Artist
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I
was lucky enough to grow up all around the world, including in Papua
New Guinea, Australia, Fiji, Kenya, Indonesia and Malaysia. I had an
artistic family, and drawing and painting kept us occupied in the
absence of television. As the son of a pilot, much of my subject matter
revolved around aviation, and particularly military aircraft. I began
using oil paints in my early teens, after coming across some Keith
Ferris paintings in an aviation magazine. Oil paint remains my primary
medium now, but like many painters, I owe a lot to years of pencil work.
I am essentially self-taught, which in hindsight isn’t the ideal
way to progress an art career! I continued painting after high school,
through the eighties and nineties, focusing mainly on wildlife and
aviation subjects. In 2000 I decided to focus purely on Australian
landscape art for a few years, and was heavily influenced by
Australia’s Heidelberg School artists. Curiously, this resulted
in a dramatic improvement in aviation art sales. Today I split my
painting load between landscape and aviation art, the latter to a
global market where I have collectors in twelve countries.
My aviation work is for the most part depictions of WWII aircraft,
where I have carved out a reputation for high-quality images, with
convincing skyscape and landscapes within the composition. I pay
particular detail to historical, geographical and technical accuracy,
including the impact of weathering on the camouflage colours used at
the time. My works vary dramatically in size, from 8 X 12-inch pieces
to near-mural dimensions. My largest commission in this genre to-date
was an eight-foot wide painting of B-24 Liberator bombers. I am lucky
to have wonderful client base, many of whom have over ten of my works
in their collection. My aim in the aviation art genre is to make
quality original art an option to those enthusiasts who started
collecting through the limited-edition print scene.
I work full-time as an artist these days. I have a studio in my house
in Cremorne Point, a wonderful waterside suburb of Sydney, Australia.
Sales of over 200 aviation paintings
Featured artist Saatchi Online Gallery, 2016.
Featured artist Bluethumb Online Gallery, 2018.
Art Award - Best new artist 1985
Invited Artist, Brisbane
Airport opening - 1990
Science Art Prize - Finalist 2005
RAAF Heritage Award - Winner 2005, 2008, 2018
- 2nd Prize 2003, 2007
Mosman Art Prize - Short-listed 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013
Mortimore Prize - Short-listed 2013
Tattersalls Art Prize - Invited artist 2013