Credits: Widows, Hunger and Shame
STEVE MCQUEEN is a British artist and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and the recipient of an OBE (2002) and a CBE (2011) from Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2013, McQueen’s 12 Year A Slave, adapted from Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir of the same name, dominated awards season, winning the Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA (joint winner), Independent Spirit, African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and the Black Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Picture.
McQueen won the Independent Spirit, African-American Film Critics Association and Black Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Director and received Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and DGA nominations for directing.
His second feature, Shame (2011), starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, received numerous awards and nominations as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Fassbender and the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Award for Best Actor.
Shame ranks as one of the highest grossing NC-17-rated movies in US box office history.
In 2008, McQueen’s critically-acclaimed first feature, Hunger, won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
McQueen received BAFTA’s Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer in addition to numerous other international awards and nominations.
Hunger is one of the most awarded debut movies with 45 wins and 33 nominations.
McQueen is the recipient of many other accolades and awards for his work both as a filmmaker and visual artist.
In 2016, the Johannes Vermeer Award, the Dutch annual state prize for the arts, was presented to McQueen at The Hague. The jury unanimously nominated McQueen for his profound and enduring examination of the human condition in his film and video works, which often depict people struggling to preserve their dignity in circumstances of repression.
In that same year, the British Film Institute awarded McQueen with a BFI Fellowship.
In 2003, the Imperial War Museum appointed McQueen as the ‘Official War Artist’ for the Iraq War for which he produced the poignant, controversial and ongoing project ‘Queen and Country’.
In his long career as a visual artist, McQueen won the Turner Prize in 1999 and also exhibited at the ICA and Kunsthalle in Zurich; in 1998, he won a DAAD artist’s scholarship to Berlin and in 1996, he received an ICA Futures Award.
McQueen’s work has exhibited in leading museums such as the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Tate Modern,The Museum of Modern Art and Documenta X and XI. He also represented Britain in the 2009 Biennale.
His work continues to be exhibited in major museums around the world and is held in their collections.
A retrospective was recently exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Schaulager in Basel.
McQueen resides in Amsterdam and London.