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