Cold War Steve aka Christopher Spencer is an artist from Birmingham, England who makes surreal, satirical and hilarious photomontage.
Multiple exhibitions, books, commissions for the National Galleries of Scotland, Whitworth in Manchester, Birmingham Museum and Gallery, giant billboard installations at Glastonbury Festival and a TIME magazine cover have all followed.
In 2020 his first jigsaw Hellscape was shortlisted for the Design Museum’s Design of the Year Award and his book A Prat’s Progress nominated for the The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. The feature length documentary – Cold War Steve Meets The Outside World – about his work, was made with Bafta winning director Kieran Evans. The film was released in October 2020 on Sky Arts and the featured outdoor exhibition of the same name was nominated for a South Bank Award in 2021.
Since 2016 Cold War Steve’s artwork has been a lifeline to many in these dark times.