Curator & Director
A former copywriter and a design writer for magazines including Grafik and Varoom, Steven Bateman launched his new online print gallery – Look Up – in July 2016.
Look Up is an online print gallery and a platform for artists and designers who explore the creative potential of geometry, line, pattern and colour. Our site has launched with a collection of exclusive limited editions – all affordable and all exclusive to Look Up – by fifteen handpicked artists. Our launch collection includes new work by Frea Buckler and Sophie Smallhorn – fresh from their success in the 2016 RA Summer Show – alongside Kate Banazi, Yann Brien, Bonnie Craig, Kate Gibb, Fiona Grady, William Edmonds, Chris James, Sam Kerr, Mark McClure, Josie Molloy, Nounua, Charlie Patterson and Supermundane.
To read more about Steven, see below. To find out more about Look Up, click here.
Born and bred in West Yorkshire, Steven moved to London in 1995 to study the History of Art at Camberwell. My design career began shortly after graduation in 1998, when I joined the archive team at international design consultancy Pentagram. In 2001 I was promoted to Communications Manager, with a role encompassing press and publicity, in-house writing and the day-to-day management of The Gallery at Pentagram. In 2006 I flew the coop and became a freelance writer, collaborating with design studios on a broad spectrum of projects and industry sectors encompassing everything from luxury hospitality to small fashion start-ups.
I was co-author of Symbol (Laurence King, 2011) and assistant editor/researcher for C/ID: visual identity and branding for the arts and Picture Book: contemporary illustration (both Laurence King, 2006). I’ve written about design and illustration for ISTD Condensed, Nico and Varoom, and have been a regular contributor to Grafik magazine since 2006. I’ve also an intermittent researcher at the Central Saint Martins Museum & Study Collection for almost twenty years.
Favourite Word: 'vittles'