The catalyst for Stephen’s current show came in the form of an old, wooden desktop loom; a humble item of domestic life that raised questions of the psychological and physical associations connected to the ideas and meaning of ‘home’.
As a result Stephen’s works developed an architectural vocabulary. The paintings themselves function as architectural sketches as a means of planning and imagining new built environments. Stephen presents these forms within an imaginative space so his structures and objects take on a new meaning, allowing the viewer to actively participate within the space and discover new meanings in things that are normally familiar to us in our everyday lives.
Image: The Memory Cathedral, 2013, oil on canvas, 1120 x 1220mm.