Stephen Bishop lives and paints in Dorset. The Isle of Purbeck and Lyme Regis Bay are favourite painting locations. He has a profound love for colours associated with the seaside. Stephen paints in oils with gusto employing the use of large palette knives and brushes. Many of Stephen's landscapes are inspired and completed "en plein air" in all weather conditions...
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....Poets such as T.S. Eliot continue to inspire Stephen. Recent studio based work have a Hardyesque quality and explore of themes associated with time and memory.
Stephen states, “I have a strong need to express myself through paint. I want to convey emotion, ideas and feeling. I draw heavily upon my own personal experience. The impressionists inspired me to work directly from Nature, to work fast with passion and feeling. Vincent Van Gogh speaks most directly speaks to my own temperament. I also admire the work Turner, Constable, Gauguin, Monet, Matisse, Picasso and Rothko. Dorset provides a rich sense of place, dreams and memory that I have fostered since childhood. Increasingly, I am concerned with engaging with elements that are as much felt as seen.” Constable said that "painting is another word for feeling", this is a statement which Stephen's work richly exemplifies.
Stephen 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" was exhibited in the Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. The work received a fantastic review in the Telegraph newspaper.
In 2011, Stephen was filmed for “Show Me The Monet” Arts series for BBC Two. His work is held in collections worldwide and is attracting the attentions of many art lovers. Buyers include sculptor Sir Anthony Caro OM, CBE .