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.


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.

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

Gallery at Lighthouse Poole
- Following the very successful show in 2014, Stephen has been invited to hold a new solo exhibition 27 Feb – 28 March 2016. Exhibition details to follow.

Bridport Exhibition Review

islands review
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; Bishop’s next exhibition is on Brownsea Island from mid-July.

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