University: Edinburgh University
Graduation Year: 2016
Based in bewitching Edinburgh, artist Niall Stevenson, creates enchanting renderings of his surrounding landscape.
An intriguing and dexterous artist - Stevenson uses short, gestural marks – carefully placed and cleverly layered. These small, buildable strokes, wonderfully insinuate where movement might happen; creating depth and tangible texture. Other times, he uses smooth line and clean contours. His work is characterised by the power of suggestion: suggesting a thought, a memory or a movement....
My most recent work has been informed by walking in the landscape; particularly in Scotland. I have tried to find ways to paint my experience of being in these environments, often using sites of archaeological interest (cairns, hill forts, enclosures etc) as a starting point for image-making. The pictures are not intended to be bucolic or pertain to any romantic notions of the wilderness, but rather try to show a more idiosyncratic vision of how I encounter overlooked aspects of the world. I am particularly interested in the ways in which time has erased traces of culture from the landscape and how fragments of structures can act as a catalyst for interpretive thought processes.
2018, Fittie, Art Spot Korin, Kyoto, Japan
2013, Isolating Fragments of Reality, Weissraum Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2020, (UPCOMING) Looking for You, Project Room, Glasgow
2020, Ways of Seeing, Art Spot Korin, Kyoto, Japan
2019, Tragicom (Act I, II, & III), Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
2018, Plastic Beach ...poetry of the everyday, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
2017, Untitled, Trinity Apse, Edinburgh
2016, Interim, Talbot Rice, Edinburgh
2013, Summer Art Shower, Contemporary Art Space Osaka, Japan
2012, Bridges and Barriers, Universität der Künste Berlin, Berlin
2013, Recipient of the Robert Callender International Residency for Young Artists