Steff Plaetz began painting in Bristol in the mid ‘90s, developing a loose and spontaneous style incorporating a uniquely 'freehand’ stencilling approach based on 'automatic’ drawings and sketches which retain their rawness through to the final artwork. He was along with his friends Will Barras and Mr Jago one of the original 3 core members of the hugely influential 'Scrawl Collective’.
Inspired as much by his globally nomadic lifestyle as his soft spot for quality sci-fi, that was inevitably nurtured by being a kid growing up through the '80s, in his personal work Steff collides ideas of bleak futro-industrial landscapes with dream-like snapshots of urban activity. His infinitely sustainable resource of imagination runs as wild as the acrylics and spray paints that colour his works.
He has exhibited his works internationally in Tokyo, New York, Osaka, Paris, Hong Kong, Brussels, Barcelona, Cologne and of course his home London, and has been commissioned and collected by Ian Brown, Michael Stipe and David Holmes amongst others.
Alongside producing original paintings, Steff works as a commercial Illustrator and storyboard artist and is regularly commissioned by many of the world's leading brands and advertising, creative and PR agencies.
Biog by Simon Harris.
SELECT PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS:
1998 London, ' Dynamic Figures ' Bar Vinyl, Solo
2001, New York, ' Dynamic Figures ' B.O.B., Solo
2002 Birmingham ( U.K. ), ' G.B. 2 ' Custard Factory, Group
2002 Osaka, ' Graffiti Meets Windows ' Hankyu Dept. Store, Group
2003 Tokyo, ' Paintura Pitch Project ' Parco Museum, Group
2003 Berlin, ' Streetwise 2 ' Kunsthof, 2003, Group
2004 Tokyo, ' Chairfix ‘ HA2 Gallery, ( with Ben Wilson and Will Barras )
2004 Paris, Levis Store ( with Kid Acne )
2004 and 2005 Zurich, ' Wordless ' Group
2005 Brussels, ' Vicinty of a Location ' Alice Gallery, Group
2005 Hong Kong, ' Salem Innovation Sessions ' Solo
2005 London, ‘ Favorite Fiends ‘ Outside Institute, Group
2006 London, ' Elephant Technique ' Village Underground, Group
2007 London, ‘ Alternativity ' Stella Dore Studio 95, Group
2008 London, ‘ One Look Circuit ‘ Carhartt Store, ( with Will Barras )
2008 Glasgow, ' Bothan/spy/network ' Recoat gallery, Group
2009 Barcelona, ‘ Case Closed ‘ Holala Gallery, 2009, ( with Will Barras and Inkie )
2010 Berlin, ' 2092 ' Unlike Gallery, Solo
2012 Ibiza, ' URBAN IN IBIZA ' Atzaro, Group
2014 Berlin, ' Project PM5 ' Urban Nation, Group
2014 London, ' Scrawl Collective Triumvirate ' Rockwell Hs, ( with Will Barras and Mr Jago )
2015 Norwich, ‘ Near Future ‘ Moosey Art, ( with Will Barras )
2016 Tokyo, WIshless Gallery, Solo