image, “through the mist” and tree on the Heath' - painted en plein air at Studland Heath Jan 2017


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 (2016)
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, Bath & Marlborough.

Summer Exhibitions at Artwave West, Dorset.

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

Stephen Bishop
invites you and guests to his annual solo exhibition of oil paintings.

''Touching Light''

Eype Centre for the Arts

Dates: Saturday 27 May to Monday 12 June 2017

Open daily  10am - 5pm
(note - closed on Saturday 3rd June)

Address: 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. Venue is set in beautiful Lyme Bay (featured in hit TV series Broadchurch)

Exhibition is curated & invigilated by the artist.

Stephen has been exhibiting at the venue since 2004.  This year the artist has returned to a favourite theme, painting on location in Purbeck. Works range from impressionistic to abstract. The artist seeks emotional and spiritual contemplation in these artworks.

Paintings may be collected once paid for. Credit Cards Accepted

Free Parking and Free Admission
Gallery is wheelchair friendly
Refreshments available

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