Born in Sheffield, the son of the artist G. T. Steel, George Hammond Steel was both a painter and stained glass designer. He began his studies in art at Sheffield School of Art, before attending classes in Birmingham and then London. The harbours and coastline of Cornwall proved to be the inspiration for his landscape paintings. These works are usually richly textured, the surfaces of which are carefully built up with successive layers of paint.
His work was exhibited widely; at the RA (where he had 15 submissions from 1926), RBA, RI, RWA, Leicester Galleries, Glasgow Institute (7 works) and Paris Salon. Steel had his first one-man exhibition at the Graves Gallery in 1941. His work has been bought by a number of provincial galleries, including Sheffield and he is represented in several Public Collections.