AMY STEPHENS

ABOUT     WORKS     EXHIBITIONS

At the heart of Amy Stephens' artwork is the symbiotic relationship between nature and human agency; of seduction and control; of minimalist precision. Her practice considers the relationship of both found and crafted objects whilst revealing the marks of the maker. There is a raw intimacy to her work that exists in the space between sculpture, assemblage and drawing. Stephens' investigations of line, colour, texture and form reflect a confident aesthetic inspired by architecture and design.

The artist uses an array of materials that are strongly suggestive of urban living. Negation and structural isolation are recurrent throughout with objects and images finding form by layering registers of information. Stephens' fragile sculptural assemblages are described as 'tracings that form the basis of an architectural skeleton' connecting one space to another whilst highlighting the fundamentals of drawing. She creates geometric portals and in-between spaces encouraging exchange round and through. Bright lines, bronze artefacts and playful intervention encourage the viewer to consider both the structure and surface material that form the basis of Stephens work.

Amy lives in London and works at Studio Voltaire London.

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EDUCATION

2008    Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK, MA Fine Art

2007    Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK, Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art (Distinction)

 2001-2005    University of Reading, UK, BA (Hons) Fine Art 

RESIDENCIES / FELLOWSHIPS     

2015        Villa Lena, Artists’ Residency, Tuscany, Italy, October

      AIR-Sandnes, Artists’ Residency, Sandnes, Norway, June

2014        Triangle Network Award & International Fellowship to Muscat, Oman with Gasworks Gallery, London, UK, January

2013        Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout, Artists’ Residency, Caroline Wiseman, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, July 

2011        Irish Museum of Modern Art, Artists’ Residency, Dublin, Ireland, August - November

2010        The Banff Centre, Visual Arts Self-directed Creative Artists’ Residency, Canada, September - October

2009        SÍM, Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Artists’ Residency, Reykjavík, November

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015        fig2, 35/50 - Amy Stephens, ICA Studio in association with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London, UK

     Rocks Remember, William Benington Gallery, London, UK

    ‘an oyster can’t read this’, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 

2014       Patterns in the Chaos, William Benington Gallery, London, UK 

     If walls could dance, Cross Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 

2013        A Light less Ordinary, Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK

     Catching the Big Fish, Minibar Artist Space, Stockholm, Sweden

2012        Collide, Poppy Sebire, London, UK

      Open House, Studio Voltaire, London, UK

2011        Restless Nature, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

     This Urban Silence, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 

     Spatial Territories, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK

2010       The Rise of the Wapiti, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

     Aestheticising the Inanimate, Islington Museum, London, UK 

2007       Perceived Intervention, St. Peter's Church, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

2015        Abt Forms, Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus

     POMP, Safehouse 1 & 2, Peckham, UK- Curated by Timothy Holt

     FIVE, Villa Lena, Tuscany, Italy

     Used Paper, London, UK - Hilary Crisp, Dave Hoyland and Christian Mathews

     KITE, Haute Presents, Berlin, Germany- Two-person Exhibition: Amy Stephens & Ildikó Buckley

    Something. Anything. Everything, Studio 17, Sandnes, Norway - Two Person Exhibition: Amy Stephens & Nils-Thomas Okland

    Watershed, Work, Rest, Play and Politics of Water, Hall Place, Bexley - Curated by Artwise

     Sculptural 2015, Coombe Trenchard, Devon, UK - Collaboration with Julian Wild

     Sex Shop, Transition Gallery, London, UK - Touring Exhibition from Folkestone Fringe, Kent, UK  

     Flat Art, William Benington Gallery, London, UK

2014       Folkestone Fringe, Sex Shop, Folkestone Triennial, Kent, UK

    Fresh is More, APG Gallery, Sheffield, UK - Curated by Timothy Holt

    Arcana, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London, UK


2013       House of St Barnabas, London, UK- Curated by Will Lunn

    Sculpture al Fresco III, Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey, UK - Curated by Marcelle Joseph Projects

    Sculptural 2013, Coombe Trenchard, Devon, UK 

    The Lindt Big Egg Hunt, Touring Exhibition UK 

   40/40/40, OPW State Collection Ireland, International Touring Exhibition to Madrid, Warsaw, Rome

   009: Magiciens,Emmanuel Herve Gallery, Paris, France

2012      Periodical Review 2, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Ireland - Curated by Eamonn Maxwell & Pádraic E. Moore

   Open House, Studio Voltaire, London, UK

   Dividing Line, High House, Oxford, UK - Curated by Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London, UK

2011      Synthetic Real, Edel Assanti, London, UK

   Piece of Paper, Madder139, London, UK

   The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Mall Galleries, London, UK         

  Restrike, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London, UK

  Line, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London, UK

  Common Logic, IMT Gallery, London, UK 

2010    No Soul For Sale - A Festival of Independents, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London,

              Two sides of the same plain, Stour Space, London, UK - Two Person Exhibition: Amy Stephens & Gary Colclough

               Spin Spin Utopia, 242 Gallery, London - Two Person exhibition: Amy Stephens & Charlie Franklin

2009    My Island Downtown, SÍM, Hafnarstraeti Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

  Meet Pamela, Project Space Leeds, Leeds, UK

  Meet Pamela, John Jones Project Space, London, UK

2008   195 Miles, Project Space Leeds, Leeds - Collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

AWARDS / COMMISSIONS (Selected)

2015    Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (Awarded)

 Clarks & The Halo Trust - Clarks Limited Edition Artists’ Desert Boot, Design and Artwork for the Halo Trust (Awarded)

 Milton Keynes Art Centre, Milton Keynes, Auction, Bedfordshire, UK (Artwork Donation)

2013    Triangle Network Award & International Fellowship to Muscat, Oman with Gasworks Gallery, London (Awarded)

              The Lindt Big Egg Hunt, Publicly Commissioned Artwork, UK Touring Exhibition (Awarded)

2011      The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture, London, UK (Shortlisted)

   Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Four-Month Artists’ Residency Programme (Awarded)

2009    British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel, Artwork Commission for Gala Auction, London, UK (Commission)

               The Whitechapel Gallery Fundraising Gala Auction, London, UK (Artwork Donation)

2008    DLA Piper Art Award, London, UK (Shortlisted)


PUBLICATIONS / REVIEWS / ARTICLES (Selected)

2015     The Irish Times, My Cultural Playlist For 2015, 19 December by Gemma Tipton

   RA Magazine, ‘Royal Academy Recommends: Our pick of this week’s art events’: 28 August by Anna Coatman

   PushOUT, Article on Amy Stephens’ sculptural artwork, February Issue (1st Edition)

              Cool Hunting, Article about ‘Clarks 65th Anniversary Desert Boots’ by Caroline Kinneberg, 29 January 

2014     Vogue, Artists to collect right now, November Issue

   Paul’s Art World, Review of the ‘Top Ten Up Now’ by Paul Carey-Kent, 26 February 

  Wall Street International, Article on exhibition ‘Arcana’, 23 January 

2013    Places and Faces Magazine, Review of Artists’ Residency, ‘Look out for Amy’ by Anne Gould, September

 Metro Newspaper, Article on sculptures in the City ‘Lindt Big Egg Hunt 2013’ by Fred Attewill, 12 February 

 Mousse Magazine, Review of exhibition ‘Periodical Review II’ by Eamonn Maxwell & Pádriac E. Moore, 24 January 

 Irish Times, Review of exhibition ‘Periodical Review II’ by Aidan Dunne, 6 January 

2012    The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Review of solo exhibition ‘Restless Nature’ by Curt Riegelnegg, January Issue

             Art Review, Review of exhibition ‘Synthetic Real’ by JJ Charlesworth, March Issue 

2011     BBC News, Article on ‘Female artists top Threadneedle shortlist’, 7 September 

  The Independent, Arts and Entertainment, Article on ‘Shortlisted Artists for The Threadneedle Prize’, 7 September 

  Time Out, Review of exhibition ‘Line’ by Rosalie Doubal, May Issue 

 2010    ‘No Soul for Sale - A Festival of Independents’, Publication Tate by Charlie Independents

               a-n Magazine, Review of exhibition ‘Meet Pamela’ by Lara Eggleton, February Issue

2009    Guardian, Article on ‘The best art shows to see this week’ by Frances Stark, 4 December 

               Square Mile Magazine, Article on emerging artists and ‘Seeing The Bigger Picture’ by Lou Cooper, September Issue 


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Azam Collection, UK

John Jones Collection, UK

Munster Collection, Poland

OPW State Collection, Ireland

Zabludowicz Collection, UK

Private Collections in Brussels, Colorado, Paris, Geneva, Ireland, London, New York, UK