Art in Bruton
Stephen Riley


Stephen Riley has exhibited in the UK, China and Germany and has work in private collections in the UK and continental Europe. He has work in a public collection: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Greater Manchester. He is also a published author and retired lecturer in Fine Art and Contextual Studies for Art and Design. He lives and works in Bruton in the English county of Somerset.

Artist’s Statement

Reflecting my own conflicting impulses toward rationality and romantic abandon, I am interested in the tensions within painting itself: between control and chance, the formless and the geometric, surface and space, objecthood and representation, presence and allusion, fragmentation and cohesion.
I am further interested in the experience of contemporary space in its various forms: urban, suburban, real, imagined, literary, virtual, photographic, televisual, architectural. This relates closely to the first strand, as surfaces, paint, erosion, visual communication and such are parts of real, lived-in space as well as aspects of painting. Whereas this is foregrounded more in my photography, it informs my painting to varying degrees.
These come together the creative process that brings these things together; those unpredictable, ineffable machinations of the mind that occur when working with ideas, materials and images in the studio, which result in finding a work’s own internal logic, which in turn shows a path to a particular outcome and/or further work. The result of this is that outcomes are not literal representations of some particular idea but are a synthesis of possibilities.

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2007 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
1998-2002 PhD by Fine Art Practice - University of Leeds
1993-4 MA Art and Architecture - Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury
1990-3 BA (Hons) Fine Art - University of Plymouth at Exeter

Selected Exhibitions (* One/Two-Person Shows)
2019 Somerset Art Weeks
2018 Jack Sevens Gallery, Macclesfield
2017 In the Bleak Mid-Winter, Bruton Art Factory
2017 Jack Sevens Gallery, Macclesfield
2016 Barnaby, Jack Sevens Gallery, Macclesfiel
2016 Environmental, Bruton Art Factory
2015 Jack Sevens Gallery, Macclesfield
2014 Sound and Vision, The Artworks, Poole
2014 Jack Sevens Gallery, Macclesfield
2013 Sine Dubio Festival of Art, Low Wood Hotel, Windermere
2013 Jack Sevens Gallery, Macclesfield
2013 Jane Fuest Gallery, Alresford, Winchester
2012 Notes from Underground, Aspace, Southampton
2012 Jane Fuest Gallery, Alresford, Winchester
2012 Affordable Art (courtesy of Stark Gallery, London and Canterbury)
2011 Strandrin Art & Design, Winchester
2010 Moontree Gallery, Boscombe
2010 PassionArt, Bournemouth
2010 Turner and Thom, Eton
2009 Evolver Prize Exhibition, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
2009 Specialist, Poundbury Training Centre, Weymouth College, Dorchester
2009 PassionArt, Bournemouth
2008 Making an Exhibition of Ourselves, Dolphin Quays, Poole
2008 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 'Night' online exhibition
2008 Spice Studios Gallery, Southampton
2007 Myth of Place, The Old Ladies' House Gallery, Macau, China
2007 Art and the Workplace, The Old Magistrates' Court, Southampton
2007 From the Edge, Dolphin Quays, Poole
2007 Inaugural Exhibition, Spice Studios Gallery, Southampton
2007 What Do You Think You Are Looking At?, Redgate Gallery, London
2007 The World is Ours?, Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton
2006 Shine Through all the Spheres, Nolia's Gallery 2, London*
2006 Galerie Hedi Probst, Nonnenhorn, Germany
2006 Myth of Place, Nolia's Gallery 2, London
2006 Planet Earth, Pierian Centre, Bristol
2006 Showcase, Nolia's 3 - Basement Gallery, London
2004 Camera Lucinda, A Space, Southampton (trio with Tim Edgar and Paul Finnegan)
2004 Camera Lucinda, The Artworks, Poole (trio with Tim Edgar and Paul Finnegan)
2004 Carte Blanche, The Artworks, Poole
2003 Cornucopia, Corn Exchange Arts Centre, Newbury
2003 Size Matters 2, A Space, Southampton
2002 Bliss, Art & Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield*
2002 Concertina, Study Gallery, Poole
2001 Informel, New Greenham Arts, Greenham Common
2000 Means of Production, New Greenham Arts, Greenham Common* (duo with Jeremy Turner)
2000 Datum, New Greenham Arts, Greenham Common
1999 Compensation, Kingsgate Gallery, London* (duo with Mark Pearson)
1999 Compensation, Bankley Gallery, Manchester* (duo with Mark Pearson)
1998 Luxury Units, Cornerhouse, Manchester*
1997 Mini-Retro, Astley Cheetham Gallery, Stalybridge, Manchester*
1995 Time and Place, JW Designs, Stalybridge, Manchester*
1994 MAAA, Fiamass Building, London
1993 View 93, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1992 In Place II, Spacex Gallery, Exeter
1991 The Boundaries are Down, Exeter Arts Centre


Manchester Metropolitan University
Portsmouth University
Southampton Solent University
Chester University
Bretton Hall/Leeds University
Arts Institute at Bournemouth
Weymouth College
Tameside College
Canterbury College

Writing and Broadcast
2018 Book: ‘The Truth About Northern Soul’ – ISBN 9781899750450 Aureus, Cardiff
2017 The Guardian: letter published.
2017- Papa-D Productions: Presenter of The Northern Soul Recall Show
2016 Frome FM: Presenter of The Northern Soul Show
2015 Manchester Evening News: photographs published
2015 Marsh Trust, London: photograph published
2013 The Guardian: letter published.
2012 The Guardian: letter published.
2011 Dorset Life Magazine: article published.
2011 Soanyway Online Arts Magazine – photographs published
2011 The Guardian: letter published.
2011 ‘AN’ Magazine review: ‘Recent Work’, Mike Marshall, Artsway Gallery, New Forest.
2011 ‘AN’ Magazine Interface review: ‘MA Fine Art Show’, Winchester School of Art
2011 ‘AN’ Magazine Interface review: ‘The Recipe Exchange’ (Helen Pritchard) and ‘Making is Connecting’ (Prof. David Gauntlett), Spacex Gallery, Exeter
2011 ‘AN’ Magazine Interface review: ‘KL99 – Recent Work’, Chris Fraser, ArtWorks, Poole
2010 book 'Barsteadworth College - How Workplace Bullies Get Away With It' (ISBN: 9781849911825) published by Chipmunka Publishing, London
2008 Item published by Private Eye magazine
2007 ‘AN’ Magazine – Review: ‘North+South', Millais, City and Hansard Galleries, Southampton.
2007 ‘AN’ Magazine – Review: ‘Artsway Open', Artsway Gallery, New Forest.
2007 ‘AN’ Magazine – Review: ‘Cover to Cover' site-specific group show, Bournemouth Library.
2006 ‘AN’ Magazine – Review: 'Point of Departure' by Ergin Çavusoglu, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
2006 Exhibition catalogue introductory essay: ‘Totemic’, Nolia's Gallery, London
2006 Exhibition catalogue introductory essay: ‘Domesticity’, Artworks, Poole
2006 ‘AN’ Magazine – Review: ‘I Dream of Europe’ by Bridgette Ashton, Russell-Cotes Gallery, Bournemouth.
2005 – Review: ‘ArtVaults’ multi-site exhibition, Southampton.
2004 ‘AN’ Magazine – Review: ‘Trail’ by Laura Daly, Artsway Gallery, New Forest.
2003 ‘AN’ Magazine – Review: ‘Bad Quality’, Millais Gallery, Southampton.
2002 University of Leeds - PhD Thesis available in the Brotherton Library.
2002 University of Hertfordshire ‘Research into Practice’ conference handbook: Essay on exhibition ‘Bliss’ (see above)
1998 BBC Radio 4 - Article broadcast on ‘dumbing-down’.
1997 BBC Radio Manchester - Interview broadcast on ‘Mini Retro’ exhibition.
1993 BBC Radio 4 - Article broadcast on ageism in the arts.
1989 BBC Radio Manchester - Interview broadcast on architectural conservation.

Other Professional Experience, including selected Press and Guest Lecturing.

2013 Mancunian Matters: Artist of the Week
2013 Sine Dubio Festival of Art, Windermere, - Guest Speaker
2011 Southampton Solent Univesity - Guest Lecturer
2009 Weymouth College - Guest Lecturer
2009 CEDA, Exeter - Commission
2006 'AN' Magazine Reviews Unedited – Review by Melody Austin of exhibition ‘Shine Through All the Spheres’.
2006 University of Chester – PhD proposal review.
2004 Arts Institute at Bournemouth Research Forum - Speaker.
2003 – 5 Arts Institute at Bournemouth - Member of MA development team.
2003 – 5 Arts Institute at Bournemouth - Member of Gallery Committee and development team.
2003 Wimbledon School of Art – PhD Examination Observer
2002 University of Hertfordshire - Exhibition ‘Bliss’ - part of biennial ‘Research into Practice’ conference.
2001 University of Leeds - Guest Lecturer.
2001 Arts Institute at Bournemouth Research Forum - Speaker.
2001 New Greenham Arts - Curator by invitation of exhibition ‘Informel’.
2000 Work purchased by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Gtr. Manchester.
1999 Manchester Evening News - Article on exhibition ‘Compensation’.
1998 Recorded interview with Richard Wentworth (part of PhD research)
1993 University of Plymouth - Arts Research Commendation.
1992 British Gas, Bristol and Avonmouth - Placement
1992 Bristol Development Corporation – Commission.