Approved: 16.08.2006

Maureen Stephenson

Artist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

The more I paint the more I'm becoming obsessed with colour and the way light is reflected or refracted on objects. Colour relationships intrigue me and provide a never-ending resource for study and experimentation. I'm fascinated by fleeting light changes in nature, for example - the shadow of a passing cloud on the landscape or the ever changing colours and patterns seen in a river, sea or lake.

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  • Location: Ashington, North East
  • Activities: Private commissions
 

Biography

The more I paint the more I'm becoming obsessed with colour and the way light is reflected or refracted on objects. Colour relationships intrigue me and provide a never-ending resource for study and experimentation. I'm fascinated by fleeting light changes in nature, for example - the shadow of a passing cloud on the landscape or the ever changing colours and patterns seen in a river, sea or lake. My motivation for painting is in attempting to capture these most transient of images on canvas. Influences on my work are broad and varied and it is difficult to pin down any one thing I see as being the pivotal element which has informed my work the most; however, I am attracted to the Romantics and in particular Turner, Friedrich and Rothko. Although I do like to experiment with different media, at the moment my preferred method of working is with oils, particularly on canvas. I find oils provide the perfect vehicle for whichever way I want to work be it painting using thin glazes of colour or using the paint in a concentrated form to give a more textured surface.

CV & Education

Public realm 2008 - NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, The Sage, Gateshead, Gateshead Qualifications and training 2003 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne Solo exhibitions 2009 - Fusion Gallery, Customs House, South Shields, Tyne & Wear Group exhibitions 2011 - Into the Void, Icosahedron Gallery, 606 West 26th Street, Chelsea, New York 2010 - Winter Show, University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST 2009 - Figure8, Red Box, Newcastle upon Tyne 2009 - Figure8 - New Paintings, Preston Hall Museum, Stockton on Tees 2009 - Figure8 - New Paintings, Preston Hall Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton on Tees 2009 - Real & Unreal, The Architect's Gallery, The Powder Rooms, 69-71 Broad Street, Teddington 2008 - Colour Room, Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington, DL3 7AX 2008 - Colourworks, The McGuinness Gallery, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Bishop Auckland 2008 - Figure8, Corner Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN 2008 - 'Inside Out', University of Winchester, Winchester 2008 - Seen in Colour, The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead 2007 - Figure8, Guildhall , Newcastle upon Tyne 2007 - Going Places, The Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse Barn, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames 2007 - Landscape, Billingham Arts Centre, Billingham 2006 - Figure8, Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields 2006 - 'Pictures Not Words', The Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley 2005 - Affordable Art Fair (courtesy Tallantyre Gallery, Morpeth, Northumberland), Battersea Park, London 2005 - 'Challenge the Nail', Salon des Arts, London 2005 - 'Streetworks', Figure8, Shire Pottery Gallery & Studios, Alnwick, Northumberland 2004 - 'A Different View', Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, Northumberland 2004 - Figure8, Long Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne 2004 - Sefton Open (Juried), Atkinson Gallery, Southport Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - RUTH BORCHARD SELF-PORTRAIT COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION, KING'S PLACE GALLERY, KING'S PLACE, 90 YORK WAY, LONDON N1 9AG Publications 2009 - 'The Artist' magazine - 'Editor's Choice'