Rachel Anne Stevenson


Rachel Ann Stevenson is a highly talented British artist and sculptor, well known for her imaginative figurative bronze and mixed media sculptures which portray various characters from the world of literature. Rachel states that: "In my work I try to capture the impossible the swirling mist of a dreamers mind, as artists we are day dreamers and our business is capturing the impossible, holding on to it and showing it to the world. But even as we think we have a firm grip, the dream shifts and changes due to each new experience. So as we prepare to project our perfect day dream on to a canvas or thought clay it will take a mighty shift as we then influence and distort our ideal with our clumsy mark making, lets say the idea is represented by a wet oil painting each time we have a new experience we smear our hands from one corner of the canvas to the other distorting our perfect image but seeing new images within the distortion that excite us as before so by the time the painting or sculpture is complete it is nothing like our original image, I believe this is why artist visit the same themes over and over as it is almost impossible to capture our own absorbing and beguiling thoughts, it's like trying to catch mist with a net, this is what keeps me up through the night leaping through the swirling fog of my unconscious mind with a net and a bucket, determined to return home with the impossible silence of these part imagined part remembered places" She went to Newcastle-under-Lyme College in the UK, and attended art & design courses. She also studied figurative sculpture at The Oval School of figuritive sculpture and then portrait sculpture at The Royal Society of portrait sculpture and taxidermy. Her tutor was Mike Gadd, a specialist in bird taxidermy. After completing her studies, Rachel worked overseas, firstly at Chenzhen studios in Hong Kong and then Steve White Studios in California, USA. Stevenson has exhibited her works throughout the United Kingdom, in exhibitions and leading UK art fairs. She had solo shows in London, Brighton, and Bath.