Author: Andrew Weatherstone

Steve Randall

Steve Randall is a self-taught naïve artist, working solely in oils, ranging from figurative illustrations to contemporary palette knife pieces and schematic landscapes.

Born in Walton in 1968, Steve’s artistic journey unfolded later in life, prompted by a terminal illness diagnosis received by his beloved wife Canan. Perhaps realising that Steve needed something to keep him sane throughout this journey, she told him she had “always wanted to be married to an artist”. And so, in 2015, Steve began a complete shift from a career in financial services to painting and raising money for charitable causes. 

He rented a studio in Roscoe Street, becoming part of The Well collective and began to paint memories that he and Canan were creating as well as scenes from his childhood in Liverpool and Kirkby. 

His remarkable emergence has seen him hold a solo exhibition in Kirkby Gallery in 2021, and complete commissions for Knowsley Council as part of their Borough of Culture in 2022. In November 2022, three of Steve’s pieces formed part of the 100-piece Art of the Terraces Exhibition in The Walker, sharing wall space with Turner prize winners, celebrated commercial artists and stars of the established art scene. 

His artistic development is deeply influenced by his family, including his shipwright and wrought-iron sculptor grandfather and amateur cartoonist mother. Drawing inspiration from renowned artists like Hopper, Ryden, Lowry, and religious art, Steve seamlessly infuses humour and stylistic references into his work.

His art is ever-developing to cover social issues linked to mental health, raising awareness for his wife’s illness and representing real-life events in surreal works.

Canan’s faith in Steve’s previously untapped creativity has enabled the couple to generate over £38k for charities since 2016. Steve is also the artist in residence at Aintree Hospital and regularly exhibits on the walls in Aintree Lodge.  


From the Kirkby Chronicles Collection: Kirkby boys chippy dinner

From my Lifestream Collection: Resolute

From my Circus of life series: Budapest 2005

Alan Murray

Alan Murray

Alan Murray is a self-taught artist who challenges audiences to think and question the status quo.

He grew up in Toxteth, Liverpool 8, which was still reeling from riots, poverty and with unemployment being high for decades. Alan was aware from an early age that something was always ‘going on’, be that a police chase for one reason or another, a fight, in his words “some madness”.

Alan turned to youth work to educate and pull young people out of that life. Although he started making art around age 24, he had always had a pencil and paintbrush in his hand and remembers sketching a dinosaur for his dad when he was four. “It was the first time he praised me so I always remember it -he asked me if I traced it. It’s one of the strongest memories I’ve got.”

Although he pursued a career in joinery, he enrolled on a project called Art Skills in Dingle in the 1990s. He was eventually asked to tutor the art course, teaching kids life and communication skills through the medium of art. There he found a niche for himself, doing workshops in youth centres and lots of public art, including the Titanic sculpture on Park Road and the Shankly mural in the Shankly Hotel. Later, he won the Liverpool Art Fair People’s Choice Award and the Cass Art Prize in 2018.

It was a night class that Alan took at Bluecoat through DotArt that really inspired him. “Something sparked and I saw colour and visual imagery for them first time in my life. I learned some of the Old Masters techniques. If I’d have been shown how to mix nine colours when I was ten, I would have been a better person. I wasn’t shown until I was 40. We keep the secrets from certain sectors of society.”

Citing satirist and political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe amongst his greatest influencers, Alan aims to provoke thought and conversation in a world in which he feels constructive conversation is stifled. “The whole point of being an artist is to make people think. I’m just putting the questions out there that we need to ask each other. “




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