Steven Murray Vandertouw

About the Artist

Steven Murray Vandertouw, 1965- Steven is an artist, he calls his style “Euro Nativism”.  A licenced contract carpenter, for the last 3 years he has worked as an event photograher.  In the early 90’s he was a Pixi Photo Photographer which taught him timing and patience, needed for the Politicians and Bankers he photographs now.  After many years of environmental groups, surf and Apex clubs, he successfully ran for Hornsby Shire Council (Sydney, Australia) in 1995 – 2 weeks before this he discovered he could paint.  Four years later he held his first solo exhibition and won the $5,000 first prize in the Raymond Weil Art on Body Competition held at Circular Quay.  Steve is passionate about environmental and community issues and spends a great deal of time in the pursuit of these.  A recent episode was being thrown in the back of a paddy wagon with other committed environmentalists protesting over the proposed development of the ADI site at St Marys in Sydney, trying to raise awareness of the Federal Government’s questionable sale of this fantastic future urban parkland to Delfin Lendlease, that is now destined to have over 5000 houses and and industrial estate on it completely destroying the bio-diversity of Sydney’s ‘secret garden’.  We did eventually save 75% of the site and the wet land.  Having travelled Australia twice by 4-wheel drive and sailed the east and south coasts with many adventures in between, he has concluded nothing in life beats a hot shower.  He also likes to talk and for 5 years hosted his radio show, Breakfast Evolution on Triple H 100.1FM Saturday mornings 7-10am.  He now does an easy 7-8am sat shift. Steve and his wife Annie and son Jackson live in their house ‘Ferncliff’ in a beautiful valley in Hornsby Heights on Sydney’s northern bush belt with their two dogs.  In recognition of years of service to the community, Steve was awarded the 2006 Hornsby Shire Centenary Environment Award .  “Euro Nativism”: vivid colours blend in complex patterns to weave thought provoking stories.  Steve is available for Photography or to paint commission pieces and is contactable by email or mobile 0412-009 178.  Prints of Steve’s work are also available