Approved: 06.01.2007

Stephen Read

Artist

Approved: 06.01.2007
  • Location: London
  • Artforms: Painting
  • Tags: contemporary, memory, observation, realism, contrmporary, environment, thematic, political, seascape
 
 

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    Biography

    After studying at St Martin’s and then Wimbledon School of Art Stephen Read moved to the US where he completed his MA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Following RISD Stephen was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Workcentre in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an artists’ and writer’s colony. Here, he began working on his figurative paintings in a way which connected his work fundamentally to the processes of film-making and photography, linking his very particular painting style to the cut and paste techniques of editing.

     

    Stephen distils his images, selecting his information from holiday snaps, film, TV and video stills, internet downloads and travel brochure pictures, into moments taken from an apparently ongoing narrative, with all its implied history and future. His paintings are collages - gestures, events and vistas from other sources - pre-focused through many other lenses, blurred and flattened by the process of selection. This process, and the economy of Stephen’s painting technique, reduce detail to the bare essentials yet paradoxically produce a painting filled with immediately recognisable, familiar narratives from our collective experience.

     

    However, our final squint through the painter’s own lens forces us to look through the window not onto real life, but onto another disconcerting and ambiguous reality. These paintings are framed to implicate us. The images of isolated events by the turbulent water’s edge trigger memories and connect us uneasily to the bigger picture, highlighting our voyeuristic role in its construction. 

     

    CV & Education

    Stephen Read works and lives in London

     

    Education:

    1979    Rhode Island School of Design (MFA), Providence, Rhode Island, USA

    1976    Wimbledon School of Art (BA), London, England

    1975    St Martins School of Art, London, England

     

    Exhibitions:

    Selected Group/Solo

     

    2016   Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK

    2014   Affordable Art Fair, Artdog Gallery, Battersea, London, UK

    2013   Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK

    2012   Weston Park Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire, UK

    2012    Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK

    2011    Friends Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK

    2010    Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize, Painters Hall, London, UK

    2009    Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize, Painters Hall, London,UK

    2009    Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK

    2008    Friends Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK

    2008    The Beach Voyeurs, Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, England

    2007    Affordable Art Fair, Badcocks Gallery, Battersea, London, UK

    2007    Auction, Foundation for the care of Victims of Torture, London, UK

    2007    Souls, Etcetera Gallery, London, UK

    2007    Summer Exhibition, Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, UK

    2006    Friends Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK

    2005    Collins and Hastie Gallery, London, UK

    2004    Landscapes and Figures, North House Gallery, Manningtree, UK

    2003    The Green Space Gallery, London, UK

    2000    The Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, UK

    1999    The Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, UK

    1997    Kendall Art and Design, Hudson, New York, USA

    1997    Cable Street Gallery, London, UK

    1990    The Show Room, Bonner Road, London, UK

    1986    Tigray, Diarama Arts, London, UK

    1984    Galeria Salon, Philadelphia, USA

    1982    In Honour of the Brooklyn Bridge, David Findlay Jnr Gallery, New York,       NY, USA

    1982    Walker Art Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusets, USA

    1981    Rhode Island Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

     

    Grants/Awards:

     

    2006    First Prize, Friends Exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK

                (Purchased by the Dulwich Picture Gallery)       

    1981    Fellowship, Fine Arts Workcentre Provincetown, Provincetown,        Massachusets, USA

     

    Collections

     

    The Schorr Collection    

    Various private collections in UK and USA