Stephen Bishop is a passionate artist who has been living and painting in Dorset since 1989.  His works have been collected by Royal Academician Sir Anthony Caro OBE and distinguished painter Lady Sheila Girling as well as the BBC Antiques Roadshow presenter Paul Atterbury.


Portholes, Brownsea Island, Courtesy of the National Trust 2015
Lighthouse Poole Centre for the Arts (2014)
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth (2013)
Eype Centre for the Arts, Bridport (2004, 2006, then every year from 2008 - 2015)
Oxford Art Week, Bartlemas Chapel, Oxford (2011 - 2012)   
Artwave West, Morcombelake, Dorset (2011)   
Arthouse Gallery, Bournemouth (2011)
Chapel Row Gallery, Bath (2009)
Highgate Gallery, Highgate, London (2009, 2012)
Solo Show Bridport Arts Centre (1991, 2007)  

Awards and Competitions

Poole Open 2014 - National Trust Brownsea Island Exhibition Prize (2014)
Bath Prize (Highly Commended), Bath (2010, 2011)   
The Guardian - London Lives competition Bankside Gallery (2010, 2011)   
Royal Society of Oil Painters Mall Galleries, London (2003)    
Laing Sea/Landscape Open Mall Galleries, London (2001, 2002)    
Laing Sea/Landscape Open Guildhall, Winchester (1992, 1995)
BP Open Portrait Competition National Portrait Gallery (1994)
Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award Finalist,
Mall Galleries, London (1993)
Royal Society of Oil Painters Mall Galleries, London (1993)    

Current Galleries

CÔRTE-REAL ART GALLERY, Algarve, Portugal.

ARTSalon, Marlborough.

The Architect’s Gallery, Teddington, London

Summer Exhibitions at Artwave West, Dorset.

Contact the artist for enquiries about representing Stephen Bishop in the UK and Internationally.

New Exhibitions Coming up:-

Main Gallery at Lighthouse Poole - Following the very successful show in 2014, Stephen has been invited to hold a new solo exhibition called "Circumference". Expect colour, texture and emotion as Stephen Bishop explores circular shapes that correspond to his unique vision and sense of place.
Sat 27 Feb - Mon 28 March 2016

Eype Centre for the Arts
Saturday 28 May to Sunday 12 June 2016
Weekdays 11am - 4pm. Weekends & Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
What to expect from one of Dorset's most collectable artists?  Exciting new formats and a wide range of new paintings. Part of Dorset Artweeks 2016.
Venue: Eype Centre for the Arts, St.Peter’s Church, Mount Lane, Eype Near Bridport, Dorset DT6 6AR
Directions: From Bridport town centre follow the Yellow AA Signs. From the A35 Bridport bypass, take turning for Eype, then Lower Eype following the Yellow AA Signs.

Amble free parking with sea views. Tarmac path, accessible and wheelchair friendly.

This exhibition is curated and invigilated by the artist.

Recent Exhibitions:
Brownsea Island, Ends on Sunday 1st November 2015.
Open 10am - 5pm daily. Courtesy of the National Trust.

islands at Eype review 2015
By Artist Katie Brent


Stepping through the doors into the cool interior of Eype church, the colours and vibrancy of Stephen Bishop's artwork assails the senses. Richly textured surfaces and an array of subject matter: Dorset landscapes, Spanish villages, realistic and abstract compositions, strange figures staring out, seemingly lost in time.
The eye is drawn to his bright, textured Purbeck landscapes. By painting his landscapes in situ he is able to emphasize the sense of place, evoking the power of nature with the sweep of the palette knife. Adjacent to this sits a painting of a mysterious doorway, stairs leading up to a door ajar. Here, layer upon layer of paint conjure a feeling of Mediterranean walls that have stood for hundreds of years, leading the viewer to wonder what lies beyond.
In contrast, his red boat painting is an impressive study of colour, light and reflection. It is reminiscent of the impressionists and is one of the stand-out images within the exhibition.
A flamenco influence runs through many of Bishop’s paintings; through the figures he depicts the use of expressive mark-making and rich colours, so that you can feel the syncopated rhythm as he paints. There are a couple of his paintings, Roma Travellers for one, in which the subjects stare straight at you, as if through the ages, reminiscent of old sepia photographs, capturing the romantic spirit of the travellers.
A smaller canvas, The other Man, also stands out, possibly through the contrast of the muted, cool colours to the vibrant reds and oranges around it, as well as the arresting composition. I guessed it was Ernest Shackleton, standing in the foreground with his grounded ship encased in ice in the background, with a couple of figures in between. Bishop is exploring the idea that Shackleton felt he was not alone, that there was a presence guiding him on his voyage as he set out to rescue his men.
Definitely worth catching before it closes in Eype.
Bridport Exhibition Review 2015

Facebook comment from Robert Golden
i love this balance you get of the awareness of light, the almost photorealistic image while still being so clearly about paint….

I should paint my own places best; painting is but another word for feeling. 
John Constable