Roger Stephens

Artist, Maker, Consultant

Concepts My work is primarily in stone, contemporary and abstract with the occasional use of stainless steel and timber. Some of my pieces are cast into bronze. The inspiration and ideas for my work I take from the environment around me be it plants, rocks, heavy industry, insects. I have also felt it necessary to create political pieces that are a reaction to specific turn of events. My approach is to pare back the idea to its constituent parts, to look at what the elemental structure reveals so that I can find the essence of an idea. Whatever the theme or idea, I endeavour to convey a feeling so that there is something for the viewer to do, to find their own interpretation of the piece. From working around ideas of regeneration and new growth, I am now looking at the way materials are altered by outside influences; in the natural world by climate and genetics and in science by new technologies. When invited, I also create pieces for themed exhibitions. Although these pieces are exhibition specific, I try to interpret the idea in ways that will encourage the viewer to ask questions that may be new to them. Career path While at Prep school I was introduced to the world of stone, specifically alabaster that was manageable for young hands. I was fascinated by this natural material which is all around us and is the building block of the world. From this time I was drawn to sculpture and how it was done. Before any formal training I carved soap stone and the softer marbles at a Sculpture Night School Course. After running my own business for many years I went to Weymouth College to study Architectural Stone Carving, gaining a City and Guilds Advance Craft Diploma with a Distinction. I then worked at Salisbury Cathedral on the Major Repair Programme carving details like Dog Heads and Gargoyles for the Spire, Tower and the West Front. While still at Salisbury Cathedral I had my own studio and began to create commissioned sculptures and pieces for galleries but now work full time as a sculptor. Represented by, Cadogan Contemporary. 87 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LD. cadogancontemporary.com read full statement

Location Salisbury, South West
Activities Secondary education, Adult education, Public art, Private commissions, Visual arts consultancy
Artforms Consultancy, Sculpture
Website http://www.rs-sculpture.net/index.htm

News & Events

  • Wildlife Artist of the Tear

    02/06/2014 – 07/06/2014
    Mall Galleries. The Mall. London. SW1

    Paintings and sculpture of wildlife

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  • Echos in the Memory

    10/05/2014 – 19/07/2014
    The Garden Gallery Broughton, Hampshire. SO20 8AZ

    Sculpture capturing memories of the beginning of the 1st World War

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  • Material Connections Across the Ages

    15/03/2014 – 02/11/2014
    Mompesson House. The Close, Salisbury. SP1 2EL

    Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture by 20 artists in a National Trust House and Garden. 60+ pieces of work placed amongst the antique furniture and household items.

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