Artwork for Rae Stevens
Day at the Beach
Cold Light of Day
She be Fierce
My illustrative practice is often frivolous and fanciful and done for the pure pleasure of creating. It usually involves animals and a joyful carnival atmosphere but can also take a more serious representational form. This body of work is mostly 2D mixed media but occasionally becomes 3D work.
My Fine Art practice is concerned with ideas around what it is to be human. It often reflects my personal experiences and tries to link those experiences with that of others. It is a way of creating meaning and investigating inter-human relationships. The mediums vary hugely and are led by the work and what it is that I am investigating. It is usually 3D in nature and can range through ceramics, found objects, aluminium and wood. The work is not led or constrained by the mediums themselves.
Whilst I paint and create for pleasure there is also a more serious side to my work. The investigation and research into human experience reflects my own experiences but also relates to others and allows for shared expression and recognition.
As an artist I have two distinct fields of creative practice which are very different; Illustration and Fine Art.
Mostly I work from my home studio on the Herefordshire Worcestershire borders but find ad hoc collaborative working and experimenting with other local artists and makers an inspiration and a welcome change to the singular studio practice. I occasionally give lectures and workshops but not on a regular basis.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Hereford College of Arts 2020
MA Fine Art Hereford College of Arts 2021
Sidney Nolan Trust Award 2020
Visions, Maylords, Hereford 2020
Jungle, Blue Ginger Gallery, Herefordshire 2020
Unlocked, Hereford College of Arts 2020
From Recognisable Sources, Canwood Gallery, Herefordshire 2021
Will the Real Heroes Please Stand Up? Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge 2021
Residency: Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne 2021
How Literature Became Form, Lecture for Henry Moore Foundation, New Voices 2021 Conference, University of Leeds