Maureen Stephenson

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Maureen Stephenson

There are no morals or, indeed, any other form of narrative within my work; rather, it is an honest attempt to engage the viewer through colour and form.

To quote Leo Tolstoy (‘What is Art’, 1896):
“Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously by means of certain external symbols, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them.”… this is my aim.

I’m inspired by the Romantic movement whose ideal of emotion as a source of aesthetic experience is, I feel, more than ever relevant in this age of cynicism and irony.

The main focus of my work for some time now has been that of water in all its many forms and although I do move away from the subject occasionally, I always seem to return to it.

The paintings I’m showing in this exhibition derive from a bus journey taken one dark winter’s afternoon. Condensation streamed down the windows. Through the misted glass the city street lights became dazzlingly refracted images charged with colour and high contrast.

What I aim to do is instil my paintings with the joy I feel exploring my subject matter using brush and paint. I hope that in viewing them, you feel something of that.