Approved: 03.11.2011

Stephen Harwood

Artist

Approved: 03.11.2011

Falling somewhere between reality and fiction my work attempts to explore the mysteries of English landscape. Places loaded with histories and associations (some barely perceptible or ‘only in the eye of the beholder’, some immersive and inescapable).I draw on locations possessed by occult atmospheres or attributes, or associated with myth and legend (imbued with past narratives). A stone circle or haunted coastline perhaps, or the middle of nowhere—which we may understand as being most definitely somewhere. I am interested in places that are in some way persuasive, with qualities that may not be immediately identifiable or explicable.

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Biography

Falling somewhere between reality and fiction my work attempts to explore the mysteries of English landscape. Places loaded with histories and associations (some barely perceptible or ‘only in the eye of the beholder’, some immersive and inescapable).I draw on locations possessed by occult atmospheres or attributes, or associated with myth and legend (imbued with past narratives). A stone circle or haunted coastline perhaps, or the middle of nowhere—which we may understand as being most definitely somewhere. I am interested in places that are in some way persuasive, with qualities that may not be immediately identifiable or explicable.

The aim of the work is to engage with such locations in both a contemporary and historical context through a process of reimagining, and in this way the paintings and films become an interpretative mirror or filter: an investigation of the condition of place / landscape and the peculiarities of Englishness from both a personal and shared historical vantage point.

It is hoped the resulting images are perhaps latent landscapes; the reverse or underside of the superficial view enabling place / landscape to reveal itself anew. 

CV & Education

Stephen Harwood, born Shropshire, 1972.
MA Fine Art, Central St Martins 2010.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

Film Night II

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