Steff Plaetz began painting in Bristol in the mid ‘90s, developing a loose and spontaneous style incorporating a uniquely ‘freehand’ stencilling approach based on ‘automatic’ drawings and sketches which retain their rawness through to the final artwork. He was, along with his friends Will Barras and Mr Jago, one of the original three core members of the hugely influential ‘Scrawl Collective’.
Inspired by his globally nomadic lifestyle and soft spot for quality sci-fi, that was inevitably nurtured by being a kid growing up through the ‘80s, Steff’s work collides ideas of bleak futro-industrial landscapes with dream-like snapshots of urban activity. His infinitely sustainable resource of imagination runs as wild as the acrylics and spray paints that colour his works.
Steff has exhibited his works internationally in Tokyo, New York, Osaka, Paris, Hong Kong, Brussels, Barcelona and Cologne, as well as his hometown of London and he has been commissioned and collected by Ian Brown, Michael Stipe and David Holmes amongst others. Alongside producing original paintings, Steff works as a commercial Illustrator and storyboard artist and is regularly commissioned by many of the world’s leading brands and advertising, creative and PR agencies. STEFF PLAETZ WEBSITE