Steph Masterson

Steph Masterson has exhibited nationally and internationally in group shows. Her solo show “Mouth to Mouth” opened at The Meffan, Forfar in 2000 and Art.Tm, Inverness in 2002.

She graduated with BA (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking 1993 and Master of Fine Art 1999/2000, both at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

Steph has worked as a printmaking tutor/technician at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Seagate Gallery & Dundee Printmakers Workshop and Dundee Contemporary Arts - editioning for acclaimed artists including Anya Gallaccio, Will MacLean and Lil Neilson. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Sunderland.

She continued to work at Dundee Contemporary Arts until 2002 when she had to stop due to ill health, diagnosed with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/M.E and widespread pain.

Unable to continue with the physical demands and lengthy processes of printmaking, Steph rediscovered the spontaneity of painting, drawing, collage and small sculpture/assemblage without feeling too limited by her altered strength, dexterity and concentration. She continues to make and exhibit when possible, showing annually with a group of fellow Dundee graduates, who have exhibited in Edinburgh, Dundee and St Andrews. Steph also takes part in the biannual Auchmithie Haar Arts Festival with husband Scott Henriksen, opening their house as a venue. She regularly makes new artworks to donate to Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) for exhibitions and charity auctions.

Her work is inspired by nature - it is often an emotional and sometimes abstract response evoking a sense of time, memory and place.


(cover for 'Turn')

'Arbor' is a pen and white pencil drawing, 2016


(cover for 'More about the song')

'Soundwave' is a colour etching which was made to celebrate the 1996 Dundee Guitar Festival. The original image size is 31.3cm x 13.8cm. It became the artwork and title for an album by one of the featured musicians of that year, flamenco artist Tomas Jimenez.