The publication of Cold War Steve Presents… A Prat’s Progress– my second book – has rounded off a remarkable and somewhat surreal year for me. From my first exhibition last November (at the Social in London) to an appearance next month in Las Vegas! I haven’t, I hasten to add, secured a residency at Caesars Palace – performing large scale illusions with white tigers – but it’s something quite exciting nonetheless (more details to follow on my Twitter and Instagram sites).
I’ve had three solo exhibitions, the first book (Cold War Steve Presents… The Festival of Brexit, also published by Thames & Hudson), artwork commissions for The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and The National Gallery of Scotland Modern, a giant billboard installation at Glastonbury (as part of a collaboration with the amazing Led by Donkeys), a talk for the National Gallery in London with Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, oh and creating the front cover of Time Magazine!
I continue to be blown away by this incredible career shift – one minute trying to get together enough change for the bus to work, the next being on stage at The Cheltenham Literary Festival, discussing the parallels between Hogarth’s work and my own, with Professor Mark Hallett. I certainly don’t take any this for granted and aside from frequent bouts of Impostor Syndrome, I am thrilled to finally be earning a living from something I am so passionate about – and had hitherto thought I’d left too late.