"Not to take pleasure in one’s surroundings is to miss one of the great delights of life." Cecil Beaton
POLKA pop up is a happy mix of polka dots, stripes, florals and ginghams for the home 'surroundings'.
Unexpected hand painted details on furniture, fabrics and accessories gives this collaborative collection with McCully & Crane ART a unique painterly look.
View the collection at the Gallery.
Stephen trained as a printed textile designer at Liverpool and Manchester Universities, designing and producing his own collections. He took the post of head stylist for Elle Decoration Magazine in the mid 1980s then moved on set up a stationary business, designing, producing and promoting his own designs for the top end of the market, including Harrods, Liberty, Selfridges and Harvey Nicholswhile also exporting to the States, Japan and Australia.
Creatively since 1998 he has been producing work that has a spontaneous and instant approach to it. His approach is not to analyse things, but to accept them for what they are. This led to his setting up the House of Dreams Museum, in East Dulwich, South London, which is a diary of his life and explores the themes of his life, childhood bullying, love, loss, sexuality, the future, his spiritual relationship with Mexico and Haiti and relationship with the other side.
With this show at Mccully and Crane, Stephen is keen to separate himself from the museum, to produce work as an artist and not as an artist in the House of Dreams. Initially, he produced a large body of black and white spontaneous paintings based on visions, angels and monsters. Accessing a deeper place within himself, he used this approach to produce the one-off ceramics and his more recent colour paintings.