Stephen has made and painted odd things for a long time. He has learned and continues to learn through an eclectic assortment of teachers, collaborators and auto-didacticism.
He looks for beauty in process and product. He is not interested in shocking people, or in originality for its own sake. He pursues authenticity by following paths that seem to have heart, confident that this will lead to means and ends that are original and worthwhile. He wants his work to be transparent and accessible to anyone, however far apart their starting points.
Much of his work uses found objects, usually man-made and discarded. Oil paint often comes into it, and experimental home-made stuff. Sometimes 2D, sometimes 3D. Usually it can live in- or outdoors.
He is not a purist, and is happy to use objects as found or to modify them, and to mix new elements with old. It’s like a conversation with the materials that continues until all have said what they want to say and all are happy with the place they have arrived at. Projects can take several years to reach this state, and many never do.
View Stephen’s recent video work, Marmalade Nouns (2017), on YouTube.