This is an advertorial for artist Steven Brown which ran in OK! magazine. The aim was to celebrate the growing popularity of his paintings, the success of his business and the launch of The Steven Brown Gallery in Ayr…
FROM STARTING OUT IN SCOTLAND TO SELLING HIS ART IN AMERICA, STEVEN BROWN’S VIVID PAINTINGS ARE GOING INTERNATIONAL…
After a near-fatal wake-up call eight years ago, Scottish artist Steven Brown rediscovered his creative mojo. Now, his vibrant art is being recognised on an international level.
The recent catwalks have been awash with colour clash combos and upbeat rainbow hues. And with interior designers quick to pick up on the trends, it’s all about being ‘bright, bold and beautiful’ when it comes to dressing up our homes.
The fact that vivid colours are a proven mood booster is something that Steven Brown knows all about. He has positively embraced the use of vibrant tones in his universally acclaimed artwork. Demonstrating his personal ethos: ‘life feels better with colour’, his best selling ‘McCoo’ paintings, portraying Highland Cattle in a kaleidoscope of punchy pigments, never fail to raise a smile.
Given Steven’s growing popularity both in the UK and abroad, the opening of his brand new gallery in his home county of Ayrshire has been met with great excitement. Situated in the picturesque seaside town of Ayr, The Steven Brown Gallery provides a visual feast for the eyes. Showcasing his striking original canvases and limited editions, including his latest painting featuring a baby giraffe, the gallery is also the setting for an impressive ‘wall of water’ installation.
But while Steven’s uplifting creations have made him highly collectable amongst people from all walks of life, including celebrities such as Katie Price and Rebekah Vardy, the affable Scotsman started out from very humble beginnings.
As a young boy Steven discovered he had a natural flair for art and was encouraged by his teacher Mr McGarry to explore and hone his interest. But on leaving school he left his love of drawing behind him and drifted into a career in the retail industry.
Steven settled into a relatively quiet life in Irvine with his wife Caroline and their three children. However, in 2010 his world changed forever. Aged 37 and a lifelong diabetic, he suffered two heart attacks. It was during his recovery that Steven reconnected with his creative side and reignited his passion for painting.
Starting out with a single canvas and a set of paints provided by Caroline, he brushed up on his painting techniques. Back at work but continuing to paint in his spare time, he swiftly built up an online following. Using his rich imagination to express his newfound joy in life, demand for his artwork soared. He decided to focus on art full-time and hasn’t looked back.
Today, Steven Brown Art is flourishing. Having expanded the business into America, with Australia next on his to-do list, the modest artist is also renowned for ‘giving back’, supporting various charities and organisations through his work.
Last month’s gallery launch was a whopping success. Guests were treated to a traditional warm Scottish welcome with bagpipes accompanied by glasses of smoking whisky liqueur. Overwhelmed by the public’s response, Steven says: ‘The gallery has been a dream come true. No expense has been spared on the right building, in the right place and what we’ve created is one of the best, most accessible galleries in the world.’
Displaying the latest techniques in fine art printing and framing, the venue is also home to his beautiful Bonnie McButterflee painting which has provided a splash of colour in his ever-expanding collection.
“Now that all this colour has been brought to life, I hope it will be a truly inspiring place to visit,” says Steven. “It won’t just be my signature McCoos on show – I can’t wait to paint brand new abstract landscapes, buildings and seascapes, and share my passion for ground-breaking art and innovation.”
A visit to Steven’s new gallery is a must for anyone visiting Ayr, where the famous poet Robert Burns was born. The gallery is situated a few doors from his store, where you can pick up items from Steven’s spectacular home range, featuring all of his striking designs.
If you can’t make it in person, his online shop offers a tempting pic ‘n’ mix of goodies. With super-comfy floor cushions proving a hit with younger fans, his fetching McZoo giraffe and elephant soft furnishings are also firm favourites with loyal customers. Then there’s the range of kitchenware and lifestyle goods, including mugs, phone cases and cosmetic bags, along with other top quality gifts, all depicting his fun characters.
Just the thing for making your house a happy home.
- Visit The Steven Brown Gallery at 49-51 Newmarket Street, Ayr, KA7 1LL, where you’ll find it open 7 days a week. For associated gifts and lifestyle products visit www.stevenbrownart.co.uk