Steven's love affair with art and the sea began at the age of 5, when he had a picture of a ship displayed on the wall at St John's Infant School. He inherited his passion for ships and the sea from his grandfather, who was an Assistant Harbour Master in Hull.
Steven built up an astonishing portfolio for his first exhibition in 1976 and, on the exhibition's first night, virtually his entire collection was sold. The following year he held an exhibition in San Francisco which also sold out to great critical acclaim and, since then, Steven Dews has continued exhibiting regularly through The Royal Exchange Art Gallery and his agent and director of the gallery Oliver Swann.
Steven Dews is a highly experienced yachtsman who brings his knowledge to the composition and detail of his paintings. This, together with a mastery of technique to capture wind, sea and sky has raised his work to be highly prized amongst collectors.
The Marine Board of N.S.W. commissioned from him a record of the Australian Bicentennial Celebrations, and in 1994 the New York Yacht Club chose him to record their 150th Birthday Regatta at Newport, R.I. Many owners from around the world have commissioned portraits of their favourite yachts.
The Royal Yacht Squadron commissioned Dews to paint a record of the 2001 America's Cup Jubilee Regatta and have repeated this honour for their 200 year Celebrations. This acclaim is echoed in some remarkable prices achieved at Auction for his work. Several have reached well Into six figures with his large study of the Battle of Trafalgar making £169,250 at Bonhams in 2012- believed to be the current record.