Steven Ingman’s paintings take as their inspiration the industrialised ruins that reside within our landscape. He has an interest in derelict or degraded spaces and in the intrusion of nature into decayed urban settings. Ingman sees the ruin as the perfect embodiment of his long-term interest in the contrast between the ‘natural and manmade’. In addition, the work considers and attempts to address the often complex narratives that can be attributed to such scenes of ruination, decay and decline. Ingman enjoys the chronological freedom a ruin evokes; something that once was, is now and perhaps will forever be. It stands simultaneously as a loser and a survivor; no longer whole, imperfect, fragmented but existing and with a message to imbue.

His work, drawing from both historical and contemporary ruin aesthetics, employs washes, drips and layering to address the complex temporal questions such landscapes bring. Through these processes he enables the viewer an insight into the construction of the painting, with gridded sections and compositional changes apparent. This reworking parallels the layering and ever-evolving transformation of his subject matter. His work creates imposing canvases and utilises the material reality of paint to convey the aesthetic decline of the ruin; whilst conversely placing the viewer within an ambiguous chronology, allowing the observer their own historical narrative.

Ingman demonstrates his love of structural form and he equally revels in both the construction and deconstruction of the composition. He instills his ruin with an air of dignified grandeur and the observer is dominated by their proximity. His paintings immerse the viewer within an arrangement of architectural construction, with linear perspective achieved through his edifice with strong, formal lines that direct the eye over the canvas. There is a sense of transforming spaces, planes and structures, which cross between interior and exterior. Oil paint and pure turpentine bleed and run down the canvas surface, representing the physical demise of the ruin and yet presenting it in a state of metamorphosis and re-emergence.

Through both representation and abstraction, his work demonstrates the ruin as dynamic and fluid and allow portals into past, present and future. Ingman’s work invites the viewer to not only look at what has been but to also consider the possibilities of what is yet to come. His paintings move beyond the limits of ordinary visual representation. They become a powerful embodiment, which entwines the physicality of the ruin and a sense of immersion in the threads of alternative realms and narratives.




Steven Ingman was born in 1984 and grew up in the small farming village of Misson in North Nottinghamshire. In 2007 he received a BA degree in Fine Art from the University of Lincoln. In 2008 Ingman was awarded the Derby Open, offering him the opportunity to create new body of work for a solo show. His debut solo show 'Night Light' was funded by Arts Council England and was exhibited in 2010 at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. During the same year he was shortlisted for the Attenborough Award and won the Great Central Solo award, culminating in an exhibit of new works in 2011. He also received the Great Art Award, as part of Nottingham Castles Annual Open 2012. Ingman went on to attained an MA Painting in 2016, while on a scholarship to Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London. In 2016 he was selected for the inaugural Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize Exhibition in London. Ingman has shown both nationally and international and his work is part of numerous collections including the Ingram Collection and Landmark Plc. Ingman lives in Derby and is based at 3rd Space Studios in Nottingham.


MA Painting  – Merit 2016 – Wimbledon College of Art / (UAL) University of the Arts London
BA (Hons) Fine Art  – 2.1 2007 – University of Lincoln
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) Merit, 2004 – University of Lincoln



The Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize 2016
The Wimbledon Trust Bursary, Scholarship Award 2015/16
The Great Art Award 2012, Nottingham Castle
The Great Central Open 22 Winner - November 2010
The Attenborough Prize 2010 shortlist - November 2010
2009/10 Arts Council England, East Midlands
2009/10 Derby City Council - Grants for the Arts
Winner of the Derby 0pen 2008 Best in show
Fresh 08 – September 2008
University of Lincoln Purchase Prize – Winner 2007





Night Light, 1st May – July 4th 2010 Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby



The Young Contemporary Talent 2016 Purchase Prize, 16th – 21st November, The Cello Factory, London
MA Degree Show, 1st – 8th September, Wimbledon College of Art, London
About Space, 13th – 24th April, Lewisham Arthouse, London


We all draw@UAL, 5 - 8th November, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London


Detail, 19th December 2014–19th April 2015, The Usher Gallery, Lincoln 
Movement & Perception, 13th December 2014 – 8th February 2015, QUAD, Derby 
Detail, 20th September–12th October, 2014 Transition Gallery, London 
Detail, 5th June–6th July 2014, H-Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand 


Nottingham Castle Open 2013 - 12th October – 10th November 2013, Nottingham Castle 


Nottingham Castle Open 2012, 29 September - 28 October 2012 Nottingham Castle 
Tarpey Gallery Mixed Show, 7th April - 12th May 2012, the Tarpey Gallery Castle Donington


Midlands Open 2011, 12th November - 24th December 2011, The Tarpey Gallery Castle Donington
Nottingham Castle Open 2011 - 8 October - 6 November 2011 Nottingham Castle
Home Insecurities - 24th June – 3rd July 2011, The Great Central Gallery, Leicester
Opem -Open East Midlands, 5th February – 3rd May 2011, The Collection, Lincoln  


Open 22, 13th November 2010 – 9th January 2011, the City Gallery, Leicester
Side Show - 2010: the year we made contact, 21st Nov - 12th Dec, The Exchange Building, Nottingham 
Side Show - The Wunderkammer, 22nd October - 14th November, The Hopkinson Gallery, Nottingham 
Surface Gallery Open Show, 20th April – 7th August, Surface Gallery, Nottingham 


Nottingham to Ningbo, 26th November – 4th January, Ningbo Museum,Ningbo, China 
Six, 14th January – 15th March, View from the top Gallery, Nottingham


Derby City Open, 29th November – 11th January (2009), Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
Thoresby Open, 12th September – 12th October, Thoresby Hall Gallery, Thoresby, Nottinghamshire
Making Marks, 4th – 21st September, Hand and Heart Gallery, Nottingham
Fresh 08, Open show, 23rd July – August 30th, View from the top Gallery, Nottingham
Landscape v Cityscape Open, 8th May – July, Claire Galleries, Birmingham
Hidden Art, 12th March – 29th March, View from the top Gallery, Nottingham


Nottingham Castle Open, 24th November – 20th December, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
Fresh 07, Open show, August – September, View from a top Gallery, Nottingham
Lincoln University Degree Show, May 2007, Lincoln
‘I’ trying, but the kids won’t listen, 2.18 Group exhibition, 22nd February – 1st March, Greestone Gallery, Lincoln
Openplan, January, Group exhibition, Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia, USA


Painting under the stairs, 2.18 Group exhibition, October, Tithe Barn Exhibition Space, Lincoln
May contain art 125g,Group exhibition, 27th – 30th November, Ruddock’s Exhibition Space, Lincoln
Urban Landscape, Painting and Photography,joint exhibition, 1st – 26th November, Passage Gallery, Lincoln