“Like a researcher in his laboratory, I am the first spectator of the suggestions drawn from the materials. I unleash their expressive possibilities, even if I do not have a very clear idea of what I am going to do. As I go along with my work I formulate my thought, and from this struggle between what I want and the reality of the material - from this tension - is born an equilibrium”. (Antoni Tàpies).
I'm an Artist / Teacher.
My work is completely concerned with context, process and materials. I often choose to use 'poor' materials – for example, dust, cardboard, chalk on blackboards, lead, chocolate, ashes, water and other stuff. Perhaps discarded found materials collected between home and studio. LoFi audio techniques collecting field recordings, glitched samples, filtered, cut up, reconfigured. I like to give the viewer / audience / student, room to manoeuvre intellectually. I'm not really interested in simply making work that has to fit on a mantle shelf, an office wall, a stage or a commercial white cube space, however, I am interested in engaging with ideas that subvert or possibly compliment those contexts. My work is sometimes intentionally confrontational, sometimes intentionally beautiful. Profanities, congested space, white noise, ugly / beautiful, process led – 'making a mark'. I try to avoid associations with art HIStory. This is my 'punk rock’.
Stephen lived and worked in Sheffield since 1989. He studied at The College, Swindon, Gloucestershire College of Art and Technology and Chelsea School of Art. He has exhibited extensively in the UK over the past 35 years.
He has recently been made a member of The London Group, winning the Presidents Prize (The London Group exhibition prize at The Cello Factory, London 2017) and is a recipient of The Latimer Award for his painting Drag Twice One Cross in the RSA Annual Exhibition at the Scottish Royal Academy.
His work is in private collections in Sheffield, Nottingham, Darlington, Bristol, Cornwall, Leeds and London.
CV & Education
Foundation art and design The College Swindon.
Degree Fine Art Printmaking Glos College of arts and technology Cheltenham 1980-83.
MA Printmaking Chelsea 1983-84.
Printmaking fellow Sunderland Polytechnic 1984-85.
Artist in education programme Leicester Polytechnic 1991-2.
Cert ed post 16 Sheffield Hallam University 1993-94.
PGCE art and design Leeds University 2001-2.