Roger Stephens MRBS

My work is mainly in stone, occasionally incorporating iron and stainless steel, materials I feel are elemental, hard and uncompromising.  This is fundamental to my work.  Wherever the idea comes from - natural forms, heavy industry, words, politics - I strive to imbue the piece with an elegant solution.
It is important to me that the viewer feels invited to touch, to feel the contrasting textures, to engage with the physical form as well as the intellectual idea.There is a continuous process of exploration, of developing ways to interpret ideas, to challenge the commissioner and viewer.

Experience and training:

For many years I ran my own retail business.  I then changed direction to fulfil a lifelong ambition to become a Sculptor / Stone Mason.  Following nine years working at Salisbury Cathedral, I became a full-time Sculptor.

1990 - 1992
Weymouth College.  Full-time course in Architectural Stone Masonry and Carving.  Awarded City and Guilds Advanced Craft Diploma with Distinction.

1992 - 2001
Salisbury Cathedral Major Repair Programme.  I worked as a Carver / Stone Mason on the Spire, Tower and the West Front, carving Dog Heads, Sheep Heads, Label Stops and Gargoyles.

Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

Represented by:  Cadogan Contemporary, Old Brompton Road, London.
                                The Garden Gallery. Broughton, Stockbridge, Hants.



Significant Commissions:

2016

Carved Paterae, Triumphal Arch, Wilton House - Salisbury Civic Society Award - Stone Carving

2015

Garden Sculpture, Black Marble & Onyx.  Private Collector.

2013

Sculpture in Purbeck Marble.  Private Collector.
2012 Memorial Seat, The Master's Garden, Church of St. Cross, Winchester, Hants.
2012 Wayside Memorial, Coastal Path, Dorset.
2010 Public Park Sculptures, Fair Oak, Southampton, Hants.
2009 Garden Memorial. Pitton, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
2008 Letter Cut House name. Arlesford, Hampshire.
2007
Sculptural Birdbath in Red Sandstone - Private Collector
2007
Garden Sculpture in Northumberland Grit Stone - Private Collector
2006
Replacement Carved Panel in Chilmark Stone - Longford Castle, Bodenham, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2006
Garden Sculpture in Peakmore Sandstone & Kilkenny Fossil Limestone, Seating in Portland Limestone & Iroko - Private Collector
2005
Garden Sculpture in Northumberland Grit Stone - Private Collector
2005
Design and create three sculptural seats in Granite for the Porter's Garden, in the Historic Dockyard, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth. Onyx Environmental Trust Award & Best Landscaping Award 2005 - Portsmouth Society
2003
Commemorative Sculpture in Portland Stone - St. Peter's RC School, Winchester, Hampshire
2002
Stone Garden Sculpture in Kilkenny Fossil Limestone - Private Collector
2002
Sculptural Seat and Sundial in Portland Stone - Memorial Garden, St. Mary's Church, Broughton, Hampshire
2002
Replacement Cartouche in Ham Hill Stone - Taylor's Historic Almshouses Conservation Project, Salisbury, Wiltshire.  (Winner of The Civic Society 'Lady Radnor Award')
2000
Design and Carve Front Porch Details - Listed Chapel, Salisbury, Wiltshire
1999
'Animal, Vegetable or Mineral' in Kilkenny Limestone - Sculpture for Broughton Public Art Commission, Broughton, Hampshire.  (Part of 'Best Street Furniture' award - South of England in Bloom)
1999
Memorial in the shape of a Snail, in Red Sandstone - Dauntsey School, Wiltshire
1998
'Sarah' Head in Portland Stone - Private Buyer
1997
'Earrings' Head in Portland Stone & Serpentine - Private Buyer

Publications & Catalogues:

2014 Who's Who in Art, Morven Press
2014 Material Connections Across the Ages, Contemporary Sculpture.  Mompesson House.
2012 New Year Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary, London.
2011 The Figure in the Landscape, Winchester Discovery Centre.
2010
Liminality, Towards the Unknown Region. Salisbury Cathedral.
2006
The Garden Gallery - Rachel Bebb & John Garfield
2006
Sculpting Techniques Bible.  Edited by Claire Waite Brown
2006
Yew Tree, New Work
2006
Muse Magazine - January 2006
2005
Art Loan Collection - University of Winchester
 
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