Born in Cardiff in 1931, after study at the College of Art of Cardiff and Newport, Jeffrey Steele dedicated himself to visual-optical research. His work in the 1960s - two-dimensional, two-tonal (mainly black and white) pieces - explore the idea of space and how we conceive space. He was not only interested in the creation of a sense of space and movement within artworks, but was also interested in how an audience responds to art and the way in which they move in the space around an artwork in order to gain different perspectives. In this way Steele differs from other optical or 'op' artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley.
There is also a drawing by this artist in the collection and both works can currently be seen in Gallery 1 in the Pathfoot Building.