Stephen Ford

Stephen Ford: Dynamic Paintings Exploring our Relationship with Animals

Stephen Ford's art presents a distinct perspective on the animal kingdom. Through his dynamic paintings, he delves into our attitudes and connections with animals, offering insights into our individuality, our position in the world, and the essence of humanity. Ford employs a unique technique, combining around 20 colours of spray paints with oil paint applied in glazes. He intentionally paints against a flat, impenetrable grey backdrop, stripping away any contextual references. Experience Ford's captivating artwork, where each stroke tells a profound story about our intricate relationship with the natural world.

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Stephen Ford Biography

Stephen Ford’s dynamic paintings offer a unique interpretation of the animal kingdom. He explores our attitude to and relationship with animals through his art, telling us something about ourselves as individuals, our place in the wider world and what it means to be human. He works in a combination of spray paints (around 20 colours for each portrait) and oil paint applied in glazes, working on a deliberately flat background to remove any sense of context. He also alters the application of some of the paint using hands, paper towels, a blade or a ruler while his complex artwork constantly looks to the future and considers the roles of humanity, the animal kingdom and the environment, it is also deeply introspective, taking viewers on a personal reflective journey through confrontation with wider issues of the day. 

Stephen received his Masters from Central St Martins College of Art in 2010. Based in Hertfordshire, he has sold his work across the south of England and donates a percentage of his profits to environmental charities. 

Stephen defines his own work as “emotive reveries,” whose “cosseting use of colour surrounds darker truths – a cocktail of elation and concern.” 

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