Stewart works predominantly as a Printmaker, combining elements of site specific photography, contemporary ephemera, subverted motifs/metaphors and allegory, lost & found imagery & Drawing.
He is continually interested in the self-inflicted demise Mankind faces within our Anthropocene era & our behaviour within it. Although the outlook here is perpetually fearful & pessimistic he tries to create a contrary world of destruction, beauty & fatalistic humour, where journey, travel & time, change, metaphysics, erasure, air & light, & relationships between things & Humanity are all of critical importance.
He is presently engaged in an ongoing project called the Tree Portraits which is made up of hundreds of Monoprints, some of which are being exhibited as multiples for the 2020 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in November. These are derived from site specific photos taken near his home in East London & moved into Print using Gelliplates.
This has followed on from originally finding flexibility in working with this new method, without requiring a Printing Press of any kind. This has allowed him to Print in situ whilst travelling to USA, Spain & Portugal, & gave an immediacy to observing the Landscape around him
They evolved from this simple engagement with his surroundings to more deeper conversations about Man’s place in Nature, & how He has forgotten to connect & truly engage with It, through to the Tree Portraits Series.
Stewart previously was a keyholder at East London Printmakers for over a decade (where he remains a Member), where he was Project Leader of the Mile End Studio Build for their successful move from London Fields, & during his time there worked exclusively using Silkscreen.
After graduating in Fine Art at Farnham in ’94 he moved to Artichoke Print Workshop until 2001, where he specialised in Photo Etching.
Stewart has exhibited regularly at the Affordable Art Fairs since it’s inception in 1999, and at the aforementioned Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, the RA Summer Show & the National Original Print Show, where he won the Great Art Prize in 2018.
©Stewart Taylor 2020