Approved: 03.11.2011

Stephen Harwood

Artist

Approved: 03.11.2011

Falling somewhere between reality and fiction, my work explores the mysteries of English landscape. I am interested in places that are in some way persuasive, with qualities that may not be immediately identifiable or explicable; places loaded with histories and associations (some barely perceptible or ‘only in the eye of the beholder’, some immersive and inescapable).

I engage with

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Biography

Falling somewhere between reality and fiction, my work explores the mysteries of English landscape. I am interested in places that are in some way persuasive, with qualities that may not be immediately identifiable or explicable; places loaded with histories and associations (some barely perceptible or ‘only in the eye of the beholder’, some immersive and inescapable).

I engage with such locations through a process of reimagining. In this way, my paintings, drawings and films become an interpretative mirror or filter: an investigation of place from both a personal and shared (historical) vantage point. There is a figurative element, too, when the location demands it. Adolescent males are invoked, and situated centre-stage; becoming the spirit of place, or genius loci, in the midst of their own developmental becoming.

The resulting images are perhaps latent landscapes; the reverse or underside of the superficial view, enabling place/landscape to reveal both itself, and our situation within it, anew.

Stephen is an MA graduate of Central St Martins and lives and works in Hackney, East London.

CV & Education

Stephen Harwood, born Shropshire, 1972.

MA Fine Art, Central St Martins 2010.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Osman’s Bazaar        Studio 1.1, London (2017) - curated by Daniel Devlin

 

Second Floor Studios

Painting Open            No Format Gallery, London (2017)

 

Summer Salon            Lubomirov Angus-Hughes Gallery, London (2017)

curated by Anna Bleeker, Rolina E Blok, Claire Damary, Alessandra Falbo, Fausto Sanmartino            

 

Summer Salon

Screening                    Lubomirov Angus-Hughes Gallery, London (2017)

curated by Warren Garland and Alessandra Falbo

 

Marc Almond/Addicted

to Excess                     The Gallery, Liverpool (2017) 

 

Orchid & the Metal       Chisenhale Studios, London (2017)

 

Distant Fires - Solo Show

Studio 1.1, London (2017)

 

All-in-One, a Projected Only loop-group show 

Piazza Martiri della Libertà, Chiari, Italy (2016)

curated by Linda Alborghetti & Marco Bellini

 

Osman’s Bazaar 

Studio 1.1, London (2016) curated by Daniel Devlin

 

Diffusion

The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London (2016)

 

Mews #2: Routes

JakBox Gallery, London (2016)

 

Digital Wasteland

Eiger Studios, Leeds (2016)

 

Film Night 25:8:16

Hackney Picturehouse (2016) – curated by Stephen Harwood & Warren Garland

 

Summer Salon

Lubomirov Angus-Hughes Gallery, London (2016)

 

Europa

Transition Gallery ShopSpace, London (2016) – curated by Luci Eyers

 

Film Night 21:4:16

Hackney Picturehouse (2016) – curated by Stephen Harwood & Warren Garland

 

ArtConverters III

Studio 1.1, London (2016)

 

Postcardwall –  365 at Stourspace

Stour Space, London (2015)  - curated by Sophie Hill

 

Summer Salon

Angus Hughes Gallery, London (2015)

 

The Red Files

Schwartz Gallery, London (2015)  - curated by Ismail Erbil

 

Wotever Film Festival

Cinema Museum, London (2015)

 

Lotus Land Video Evening

Changing Spaces, Cambridge (2015) - curated by Philip Cornett & Paul Kindersley

 

Postcard Gardens          Oxford House Gallery, London (2015) – curated by Sophie Hill

 

Film Night 29:5:15

Hackney Picturehouse (2015)curated by Stephen Harwood

Kirsty Buchanan / Ami Clark / Warren Garland / Stephen Harwood / Paul Kindersley / Mark Scott-Wood

 

Red X Mas

Studio 1.1, London (2014)

 

Common Ground - Andrew Graves / Stephen Harwood

Studio 1.1, London (2014)

 

Visions of England 

Solo exhibition Atlantis Bookshop Gallery, London (2014)

 

The Male Figure V

Kunstbehandlung KG, Munich (2014)

 

ArtConverters II

Studio 1.1, London (2014)

 

Atomic

60 Ravenscourt Road, London (2013): Transition Gallery off-site project

 

IMG-TXT-MSG

Studio 1.1, London (2013) programme of events included a talk by Stephen on his painting

 

A Northern Sensibility

Strata Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery (2013)—with Philips Contemporary Art

 

Owl Service

Transition Gallery, London (2013)

 

A Foreign Country

Studio 1.1 at Braziers House, Oxfordshire (2012) Stephen Harwood / Craig Andrews / Dai Roberts

 

Get Carta

Karin Janssen Project Space, London (2012) - curated by Stephen Harwood

 

Equinox

Transition Gallery, London (2012)

 

Postcardwall

Vegas Gallery, London (2012)

Mall Galleries, London (2012)

 

Idle Worship

Centre for Recent Drawing, London (2012)—curated by Paul Kindersley

 

ArtConverters

Studio 1.1, London (2012)

 

Cephalopod Salon

159 Cassland Rd, London (2012) - curated by Mark Green and Guy Oliver

 

The Postcard Show

Surface Gallery, Nottingham (2012)

 

Pulp Fictions

Transition Gallery, London (2011)

 

Local

Karin Janssen Project Space, London (2011)

 

Heartlands

DownStairs Gallery, Great Brampton House, Herefordshire (2011)

 

Art Blitz

Transition Gallery, London (2010)

 

MA Degree Show

Central St Martins, London (2010)

 

Necessary Illusions

The Bargehouse, London (2010)

 

PolyTek

Water Lane, Exeter (2009) with fellow MA Fine Art students

 

The Damned and the Saved

Studio 1.1, London / Standpoint Gallery, London (2008)

 

The Marmite Prize

Studio 1.1, London (2008)

 

Awopbopaloobop

Transition Gallery, London (2008) - curated by Alex Michon

 

The Painting Room

Transition Gallery, London (2008)

 

Notting Heaven

Sartorial Contemporary Art, London (2007/8)

 

Progression

Ferreira Projects, London (2007)

 

Peer Esteem

Five Years, London (2007)

 

The Doctor Who Project - Solo Exhibition

Nancy Victor Project Space, London (2007)


Private Prop

Residence Gallery, London (2007)

 

Gallery Artists

Philips Contemporary Art, Manchester (2007)

 

Images of Lost Content - Solo Exhibition

Nancy Victor Project Space, London (2006)

 

The Marmite Prize

Residence Gallery, London (2006)

 

Grotto

Studio 1.1, London (2006)

 

Peace Camp

Brick Lane Gallery, London (2006) - curated by Bob and Roberta Smith

 

Summer Show

Contemporary Art Projects, London (2006)

 

Childhood, An Exploration - Solo Exhibition

Indo, London (2005)

 

Acid Drops & Sugar Candy

Transition Gallery, London (2005), Contemporary Art Projects / FosterArt, London (2005)

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Get Carta, Karin Janssen Project Space, London (2012)

 

WRITING

Time OutThe GuardianGarageland (Issue 13, Paint), Artwednesday.com

 

SELECTED PRESS

i-DArtyTangentGaragelandSunday TimesArt-ReviewThe IndependentVogueRadio 5