Garth Steeper graduated, Elam School of Fine Arts in 2003, he has been a finalist in several major New Zealand art awards including the Wallace Awards in 2009 and 2015, the Waikato painting award in 2008 and the Adam Portrait Award in 2014. His work is represented in a range of private collections. Garth’s work exhibits a distinct dark and moody aesthetic. He creates textured and layered works that at times make powerful use of erasure giving his artworks an engaging physicality. He describes his process as controlling a series of marvellous accidents. The inclusion of figures within moody landscapes or interiors adds a narrative quality to his art, inviting viewers to delve into the enigmatic stories hinted at within each piece.