Inside the Studio

Showdown Winner, Stephen Thorpe

Congratulations to Stephen Thorpe, Winner of the Saatchi Online Places & Spaces Showdown competition (Fall ’12). Take a peek inside his studio, check out his sketchbook, and best of all learn what inspires him.

Favorite material to work with?
Canvas, masking tape, and expanding foam.

What themes do you pursue?
Isolation and paranoia.

How many years as an artist?

Where is your studio?
I’m based at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

Succulents or Cigarettes?
One after the other in that order.

View Stephen’s portfolio

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
‘Don’t get a job.’

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
Definitely in silence

What could you not do without?
My wife

Day job?
Assistant Curator at Summerhall

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Anything by Francis Bacon

Art School or Self-taught?
Everyone is a self-taught artist.

See Stephen’s artwork

How cleanly do you work?
Dirty studio, clean work.

Were you popular in high school?
Not really. I have always had two or three very close friends; I think that is all you need.

Oil or acrylic?
Only ever oil

Figurative or abstract?

Representational or Surreal?

Is painting dead?
Absolutely not; perhaps slightly overlooked for a period of time, but it’s back.

What do you wear while you paint?
The same jeans and shirt I have done for the last four years, which have never been washed in that time.

See more of Stephen’s work here including his winning Places & Spaces Saatchi Online Showdown submission, False Histories and Confusion in Time 1886.