Biography

Stephen Webster was born in Blantyre, Scotland, in 1951. At six weeks his parents took him south to London. His father, Drew, was a political journalist and his mother, Jan, became a successful writer of novels and short stories. He grew up in Croydon, and has fond memories of his grammar school art teacher, Phylis Hallett, who encouraged his talent and suggested he go to Bath Academy of Art, Corsham.

This he much enjoyed, making some lasting friendships, but he moved on to Leeds University, where he studied Fine Art under Lawrence Gowing. In his final year there he won Second Prize in the Winsor and Newton competition for students and because of this found a place on the one year MA in Painting at Chelsea School of Art, lead by Jack Smith and Ian Stephenson. He returned to Corsham for a Fellowship in Painting; 1976-77 afterwards moving to Bath, where he completed ‘For the Sun’ which was the last painting of his youth in the many-layered elaborate style.

In Bath he lived and worked above the Bridge Bookshop; later opening a small gallery on the first floor, where he showed Jack Smith and John Wragg RA, among others. In 1983 he became Director of the Festival Gallery, Bath for two years.

Since then he has combined painting with part-time jobs, some of them putting his talent for cooking to good use.

Apples 1966 Tschombe 1969 ArenaArena 1975

He has had various exhibitions ,mostly in Bath, the last being at Chapel Row Gallery in 2007.

Since the age of fifteen his passion for music has gone side by side with his love for painting. He lives and works in Batheaston, just outside the city of Bath.

Awards

1976 Boise Scholarship for travel in Italy.
1975 Second Prize, Winsor & Newton Competition.

Exhibitions

2002 Hotbath Gallery with John Wragg, R.A.
1999 Bath Festival Fringe (studio show).
1994 Honiton Festival (one man show).
1993 Artists Art Fair, Bath.
1989 Bath University Gallery (one man show).
1978 Festival Gallery, Bath (one man show).
1977 Bristol City Art Gallery (small one man show).
1976 New Contemporaries, London.

Education

Born June 9 1951 Blantryre, Scotland

1962-69 Heath Clark Grammar School, Croydon, Surrey
1969-70 Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wilts.
1971-75 Leeds University Fine Art Department BA Hons First Class.
1975-76 Chelsea School of Art MA in Painting.
1976-77 Fellow in Painting, Bath Academy of Art.

Links

www.bana-arts.co.uk
Image & artist's statement.
BANA (Bath Area Network for Artists) is a group of artists in the Bath area, south-west UK. They organise exhibitions, talks, social events, produce a newsletter and offer networking and development opportunities.

www.numasters.com
8 images. work in private and public collections, including Francis Hotel, Bath.