Stephen Bishop

Whilst staying in an artist’s studio in Andalucia in 1988 I made the life changing decision to live and work in Dorset. Taking my cue from the Impressionists I have sought my inspiration directly from nature. Dorset with its rich coastline, heath and woods has sustained my art since 1989.
In my work I am always searching, yearning even for a connection which I can’t fully grasp. I hope that my paintings are “the song of the hearts desire” to quote from Van Morrison. 

My satisfaction in painting comes from many hours of hard work and exploration. Sometimes there are intense intuitive moments that I can only describe as an “otherness”. Music and poetry have strong influence on my work. I am actively involved in Flamenco, dancing with the group Luna Flamenca.

Time, memory and place are central to my paintings. I have been drawn for many years to explore abstract qualities. In some way I feel that I am between two waves, one figurative and the other abstract. The push and pull of these two forces continues. I am moving further into a new kind of abstraction combining physicality and spirituality. A loosening of the ties to the figurative motif and transition into deeper abstraction may provide the key to achieving the emotion I seek.

The following lines taken from Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot have particular resonance for me.

We shall not cease from exploration 
And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started 
And know the place for the first time. 
The voice of the hidden waterfall 
And the children in the apple-tree 
Not known, because not looked for 
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness 
Between two waves of the sea.