George Hammond Steel (1900 – 1960)
George Hammond Steel was the son of the artist G. T. Steele, and was both a painter and stained-glass window designer. He studied at Sheffield College of Art and then in Birmingham and London. Steel exhibited widely, showing paintings at the Royal Academy between 1925 and 1951, and also at the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, and Royal West of England Academy. He exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in London in 1957 and 1960, the Glasgow Institute and Paris Salon. Steel also had one man exhibitions at the Graves Art Gallery (1941), Clifton Park Museum (1941), and at the Hilton Gallery, Cambridge ( 1941 and 1951). His paintings feature in the permanent collections of the Birmingham City Art Gallery and Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.
The harbours and coastline of Cornwall proved to be a constant inspiration for Steel’s landscape paintings. The paintings are richly textured, with irregularities of surface, and the use of white chalky backgrounds, creating a unique coastal atmosphere.
George Hammond Steel died in 1960.