Stephen J Bragg Dip Arch (Oxford) RIBA FRSA
Born in 1947, Stephen is a qualified Architect, a Senior Director
in one of the UK's largest and most successful practices.
Self taught in Art, he has drawn and painted from a young age
although did not paint at all between 1972 and 1984. Recommenced
pencil drawing in 1984 and graduated to Watercolours in 1988.
He is interested in the luminosity of the Watercolour medium
and particularly its perverse difficulty, his works are detailed
responses to the natural world, carefully drawn, planned and executed
in the manner of a military campaign.
Taking cues from the natural world, he has explored the two-dimensional
graphical quality of the three-dimensional world expressed variously
in shadows, contrast, and patterns often depicted as dynamic form
seen from unusual angles. Collision and contradiction coupled with
an intense use of full and vibrant colours.
He is also inspired by the bright light and contrast of the Mediterranean
sun, leading to paintings that capture the intensity of the climate
with the use of deep full colours and shadows revelling in the
luminous transparency of the medium to create powerful and distinctive
Subjects are explored in series. Some of the later works concentrate
on buildings and their articulated details - balconies, fire stairs,
canopies etc and the shadows, patterns and textures they create.
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