artists

BRIAN STEPHENS

Brian Keith Stephens is a perfect example of an artist who paints directly from his emotions and instincts. Stephens prepares his canvases by attaching random bits of cloth and canvas to the surface, creating abstract patterns that he overlays with frenetic, layered, broad strokes by brush and palette knife. Simple images of animals, his children and those he loves take on iconic stature in his large paintings. Stephens has exhibited in Germany, France, Denmark and across the U.S.

Life inspires me, the everyday energy around me, love inspires me.

Education

  • M.F.A., City College of New York, New York, New York 2004
  • B.F.A., Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, Lyme, Connecticut 1998

Commissions

  • Mural for Schoeller plastic company, Langerwehe, Germany, 1999, 30x80 ft.
  • Mural for Aldo Company, Langerwehe, Germany, 2000, 28x120 ft.

Reviews, Articles

  • Amy Berry The New London Day, December 1, 2012
  • George Gerard, Art-Scope February, 2010
  • Audrey Smith, New York University, 2008
  • Tom Huhn, Chair – Art History Department, School of Visual Arts, 2006
  • Sharma Howard, The London Times, November 16, 2006
  • Beth Dufresne, The New London Day, October 27, 2006
  • Tom Huhn, Chair – Art History Department, Wesleyan University, 2004
  • Kathleen Edgecomb, The New London Day, New London, Sept. 25, 2003
  • Dan Person, The New London Day, New London, March 9, 2003
  • Dürener Zeitung, Düren, Germany, August 17, 2002
  • Steven Slosberg, The New London Day, New London, September 2, 2001
  • Dürener Zeitung, Düren, Germany, March 16, 2000
  • Dürener Nachrichten, Düren, Germany, March 16, 2000
  • Judy Birke, New Haven Register, New Haven, June 11, 2000
  • Waz, Waltrop, Germany, September 15, 2000
  • Dürener Nachrichten, Düren, Germany, November 19, 1999

Solo Exhibitions

  • "The Fox and the Pineapple" Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL, 2014
  • "missing title" Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2012
  • "mixed signals"  collaboration Pola Esther, Hygienic Gallery, New London, 2012
  • "dance dance dance" Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2012
  • "butterfly kisses" Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2011
  • "family fun" colaboration Pola Esther, Lighthouse Gallery, Groton, Connecticut, 2011
  • "all the dreams" Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, New York City (catalog), 2010
  • "map your dreams" Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2010
  • "glow motion" collaboration Pola Esther, Studio A, New London, Connecticut, 2010
  • "farm life" Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, 2009
  • "for my brothers and sisters" Axelle Fine Arts, San Francisco (catalog), 2008
  • "to thoughts we know" Axelle Fine Arts, New York City (catalog), 2008
  • "i won’t go" Axelle Fine Arts, Boston (catalog), 2007
  • "time-space" collaboration Adrien Broom, Diane Birdsall Gallery, Connecticut, 2007
  • "life i know" Alva Gallery, New London, Connecticut, 2006
  • "romantic inclination" House of Culture, Duren, Germany (catalog), 2006
  • "desires of intellect" Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2006
  • "time to know what you want" Axelle Fine Arts, San Francisco, California (catalog), 2006
  • "the map of misbelieve" Galerie Lutz Rohs, Düren, Germany, 2006
  • "in my heart i know" Axelle Fine Arts, New York, New York (catalog), 2005
  • "hope and innocence within reach" Diana Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2005
  • "for us" Compton-Goethals Gallery, City College of New York, New York, 2004
  • Axelle Fine Arts, San Francisco, California, 2004
  • "intermix" Adlon Hotel, Berlin, Germany (catalog), 2004
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, 2003
  • "new york" Gallerihuset, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003
  • Golden Street Gallery, New London, Connecticut, 2003
  • "where we shine" Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, Connecticut (catalog), 2002
  • Danish Hydraulic Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002
  • Serges Medien, Köln, Germany, 2001
  • Galleri Anne Karrebaek, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2001
  • Haus des Gastes, Uhldingen, Germany, 2001
  • Dresdner Bank, Düren, Germany, 2000
  • Stadtsparkasse, Düren, Germany, 2000
  • St. Laurentius Stift, Waltrop, Germany, 2000

Group Exhibitions

  • Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, Florida, 2013
  • Slater Museum, Norwich, Connecticut, 2013
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, 2012
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2012
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, 2011
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2011
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, 2010
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2010
  • "le salon des petits formats" Axelle Fine Arts, New York City (catalog), 2009
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, 2009
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2009
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, 2008
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2008
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, 2007
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2007
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, New Orleans, 2006
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2006
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, Boston, New Orleans, 2005
  • Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2005
  • "the bigger picture" Garvin Gallery, Essex, Connecticut, 2005
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, New Orleans, 2004
  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, 2004
  • Axelle Fine Arts, New York City, New Orleans, 2003
  • Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France, 2003
  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia, 2003
  • "julian" Hygienic Gallery, New London, Connecticut (catalog), 2003
  • National Art Club, New York, New York, 2003
  • Gallerihuset, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002
  • Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, Connecticut, 2002
  • Wethersfield, Amenia, New York, 2002
  • Galerie de l’Europe, Paris, France, 2002
  • "all paintings great and small" Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2002
  • "three big boys" Stonington Vineyards Gallery, Connecticut, 2001
  • Gallerie de l’Europe, Paris, France, 2001
  • "all paintings great and small" Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2001
  • Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, Connecticut, 2001
  • Core Gallery, New Paltz, New York, 2001
  • "france etats-unis" Galerie GNG, Bordeaux, France (catalog), 2001
  • Galerie Gladbach, Gladbach, Germany, 1999