Steve Gallagher’s first solo exhibition was conceived and developed while in Covid-19 lockdown, and celebrates the richness of our local flora, and the dynamism and drama of the coastal waters around us. Based on the Latin motto for Worthing, ‘Ex terra copiam e mari salutem’, the exhibition contrasts minutely detailed flower studies with powerful and captivating seascapes. Steve’s work elevates humble flowers to reveal their complex structures and colours, highlighting their unique and ethereal beauty. He combines sea, sky and shoreline to create deeply textured seascapes that deliver meditations on the healing nature of the sea and its power to awe and beguile. Steve uses graphic design techniques to highlight the relationship between light, air and water, and to showcase the texture and vibrancy of the natural world around us.

Steve Gallagher was born in the American Midwest and studied Visual Design and Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After working in fashion photography for clients such as Conde Nast, Paul Smith and Thierry Mugler in Chicago, New York and Miami, he began to apply his skills to graphic design and built a successful career in advertising and digital design in Miami. He moved to London with his family in 2002, where he set up his own graphic design business. He relocated to Sussex in 2007 and then to Worthing in 2018, where his love of photography was reignited by the beauty of the Sussex Downs and the ever-changing nature of the Worthing shoreline and its seas. Steve’s work marries his extensive photographic skills with his graphic design expertise to produce richly detailed and unique fine art studies of flora, fauna, seascapes and landscapes.


Open Tuesday – Sunday // 10.00 – 17.00