Liam Stevens

Liam Stevens is drawn to the relationship between the expressive forms of the natural world and the assembly of architectonic geometry found in the city where he lives. Observing the development of urban space, Stevens look at the way in which natural elements respond and interact, producing work that stems from both the organic and constructed world we inhabit. Influenced by nature, though not intending to reproduce it, work is an arrangement of component parts, usually rectilinear and often imbued with an element of the architectural.

Adopting line and form in repeat format, process also draws parallels with both nature’s ability to produce countless variations of the same object, such as raindrops or leaves on a tree, and our own fabricated environment, with its duplicate grids, structures and intersections. Stevens explore these similarities through connections in material and space, giving the intervals between as much emphasis as the segments that enclose it. Primarily using simple color washes retained within solid edges and ruled boundaries on raw canvas, he also develop practice through drawing, constructions and reliefs made with wood, canvas or paper.

Born in Somerset, lives and works in London


EDUCATION
2007 Ba (Hons) Illustration, University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, Kent
2004 Art FND, Somerset College of Art and Technology, Taunton, Somerset

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2019 Form Form, Liam Stevens, One Four, Seoul, Korea
2018 Intervalles, solo exhibition, Fotokino, Marseille, France
2016 Freeze for Frieze, Royal College of Art, London
2015 The Ride Journal, Jaguar Shoes, London
2015 Badcocks Group Show, Badcocks Gallery, St Ives
2014 Colour Form Play, joint exhibition, Maybe a Vole, London
2014 Show Something, E17, London
2012 Ciclostilo, Fixedrome, Rome, Italy
2011 Kugatsu, Utility, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Megane Zine Shop, Lumine, Tokyo, Japan
2011 ATTN: LIBRARY, Kosmos Lane Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Field Work, Number Three, London
2007 EOY, Air Gallery, London

FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVALS
2014 Simbionte, Mexico City, Mexico
2013 CutOut Fest, Mexico
2012 Anima Mundi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Lille International Short Film Festival, Lille, France
2011 Fest Anča International Animation Festival, Žilina, Slovakia

COLLECTIONS
Kanazawa Museum of Modern Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Private collections, Tervuren, Belgium
Private collections, Los Angeles, USA
Private collections, London, UK
Private collections, Hilversum, Netherlands
Private collections, Saint-Malo, France
Private collections, Sydney, Australia

TEACHING
Guest lecturer, University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, 2008

CLIENTS AND COMMISSIONS
Hermès
New Statesman
The Guardian
Wired UK
Ikea
Anya Hindmarch
Lovers Agency
The Ride Journal
The World of Interiors
Eye Spy Gallery
Winkreative
Studio Tack
CF Napa
Manuel Creative, San Francisco
B&B Italia
Mutina
SCRT Clothing
Booklet Tokyo
Murdoch Books
The Rug Company
Little Otsu

PUBLICATION
2015 モノクロ絵の世界 A Journey Through Monochrome Illustrations, BNN
2014 Walk The Line: The Art of Drawing, Laurence King
2013 Tiny Pencil: Volume 1: The Forest Issue
2013 Freehand - Chronicle Books
2012 Little Book of Lettering, Chronicle Books
2012 Oh Comely (Issue Nine)
2011 Papercraft 2, Gestalten

PRESS
2015 モノクロ絵の世界 A Journey Through Monochrome Illustrations, BNN
2014 Walk The Line: The Art of Drawing, Laurence King
2013 Tiny Pencil: Volume 1: The Forest Issue
2013 Freehand - Chronicle Books
2012 Little Book of Lettering, Chronicle Books
2012 Oh Comely (Issue Nine)
2011 Papercraft 2, Gestalten