In 1976 Dove moved to Zennor, Cornwall, where he took rooms in The Old Poor House owned by Patrick HERON. Also living there at the time in the final two years of her life, was the impressionist painter, Alethea GARSTIN, the daughter of the famed artist and teacher, Norman GARSTIN of the Newlyn school. Taking tea with Alethea became a Friday afternoon treat for Steve.
In 1980 he moved into St Ives nearby and has been a much valued teacher of figure and landscape painting at the St Ives School of Painting and also at the Richard Lander School, Truro, while also exhibiting his work regularly in mixed and solo shows.
His studies in art had been undertaken at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry and Hull College of Art, followed by an Art teacher's diploma at Birmingham Polytechnic.
In 1980 he received a South West Arts Award, and a large exhibition of his work was shown at the Plymouth Art Centre. In Cornwall he showed with frequency at the Salt House Gallery, St Ives, Penwith Galleries and other venues. He joined with the group that formed the Porthmeor Printmakers in 1990, from which much support has been given to educational ventures in the Penwith and Tate Galleries.
Dove works from the Porthmeor Studios, St Ives (2011), which have been in process of renovation this year. Some of these studios will be ready for re-opening for OPEN STUDIOS Cornwall (28 May-5 June 2011).
Painter, printmaker, teacher, designer
works and access
Access to work: Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Cornwall Schools Collection
Cross (2002) illus of work in progress, Aquatic Light (1999); Near and Far - Porthmeor (1996)
St Thomas' Hospital, London
Salthouse Gallery, St Ives 1980 (ff)
Three Spires Festival (Inspire 2) Truro, 1987
NAG 1988 Art Share; 1993
Rainyday Gallery, Penzance 1994
NSA 1995 list; resigned
misc further info
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
Cross (2002) Catching the Wave pp105-7 photo likeness & illus
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn, Diary of a Gallery p196
Inspire 2, Three Spires Festival (1987) Truro, Exh Cat: photo & artist statement
Open Studios Cornwall (2011)
Whybrow (1994) Studio Artists in their Workplace, St Ives (personal statement & photo in studio)
Whybrow (1994) St Ives;
Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios;