Following his art college training in Berkshire, Stephen Bishop took away a love of painting and life drawing. He had a burning desire to live as a fine artist. He lived and worked as an artist in Hackney, Severn Sisters and Muswell Hill in the 1980's. A spell in Andulucia mountain village 1987 proved to be a turning point for his artistic direction. In 1988 he was inexorably drawn to live in Dorset. His work mixes a poetic painterly representation and an abstract aesthetic together with a profound love for colour.
Lady Digby invited Stephen Bishop to paint her stunning garden at Minterne in Dorset. The painting "Lady Digby's Garden" was a finalist in the Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award at the Royal Society of Oil Painters Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
His full scale portrait painting of his grandparents, "Mr & Mrs Roberts" made it through to the finals of the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the NPG in 1994. The work had a favourable review in the Telegraph newspaper.
Nearly all of Stephen Bishop's landscapes are inspired and completed "en plein air" in all weather conditions in one energetic session. Nature providing rich inspiration, as it did for his heroes, Constable, Turner and especially Vincent Van Gogh. Constable said that "painting is another word for feeling", this is a statement which Stephen's work richly exemplifies. The use of a new studio at Purbeck in 2008 has given Stephen an opportunity to explore a new range of Studio based and abstract work.
Stephen Bishop's work is being increasing collected by art lovers, including the RA sculptor Sir Anthony Caro OM, CBE.
Statement by Stephen Bishop:-
‘The main concerns explored in my work are the forces of nature. One major recurring theme is the balance between Light and Dark as well as a sense of Time and Place. As I walk around the landscape, I am always searching for echoes and rhythms in nature that resonate with my own inner landscape. Dorset provides a rich sense of place, dreams and memory that I have fostered since childhood. Increasingly, I am concerned with engaging with a sense of spirituality in my art. To evoke powerful emotions and ideas in the viewer has always been my main desire.
My working method has evolved from 20 years of working en plein air in Dorset; I now work both outdoors and in the studio. Direct experience of working from nature continues to be the basis for my art, however the studio affords another rich vein of creativity to mine. I feel that both approaches inform and cross fertilise the other’.
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