Stephen Haigh


Contact Information

stephen_haigh@yahoo.com

http://www.stephenhaigh.net

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Gallery Representation

Michael Wright Gallery, Denver, CO


Artist's Biography

A Philadelphia born artist, whose paintings seek to portray the textures, personalities, stories and design of weathered urban walls from the surrounding city landscape. Stephen has long been attracted to the rusted, decayed and worn surfaces that wear the marks of life. The stories they collect and the personalities they share are authentic. The walls, he believes are the diaries of the city.

As a kid growing up in Philadelphia in the 1980’s and into his teenage years through the 1990’s, drawing and airbrushing were of primary interests. Stephen was also drawn to the expressive mark making and energy of graffiti, as well as the murals that colored city surfaces in those years. A commercial art major, at a city vocational and technical high school brought the practice of poster design, sign lettering and advertisement to his artistic interests.

While studying design in his early years at college, Stephen was exposed to different ways of using script and text in his work, while maintaining an interest in collage and assemblage. Stephen started exploring these mediums more and started painting as a departure from the intensive computer work that comes with studying graphic arts. The collage, assemblage and paintings weren’t as rigid, as the hours spent designing at the computer. An idea to combine the formal and geometric aspects with the raw emotion and energy in painting and graffiti started to take shape. Through layering with discarded items, advertisements, papers and paint, there was an elated feeling that better expressed his interest and struggles, as well as a desire for the intimate and visceral qualities that came with the development of each piece.

Concepts dealing with time, decay, construction, change, and self reflection, as well as the commentaries about them followed in the work. An obvious attention was closely given to the living environment and the design of such as the inspiration in his work. Stephen now lives in Bala Cynwyd with his wife, son, dog and cat and works out of his studio in Merchantville New Jersey.

Selected Exhibitions

Group
2016
Unsolo, Michael Wright Gallery Denver, CO

2015
Wasting Away, Bank Street Gallery, Easton, PA

2014
Michael Wright Gallery, Denver, CO

Abstraction, A Seed on Diamond Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Michael Wright Gallery, Denver, CO

2012
Art Without Ego, Kongo Kanvas, Philadelphia PA

Salvation, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

Street Fluence, New Vox Gallery. Bethlehem, PA

Chroma, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

Shape Gallery, Shippensburg PA

3rd Street Gallery Philadelphia, PA

2011
Abstraction, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Color, Geometry and Abstraction, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

Assemblages, Gedo at Philadelphia Salvage Warehouse, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Various and Sundry: Second Annual Group Exhibition, IceBox Project Space at Crane arts, Philadelphia PA

Rosenwald – Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA

Art Unleashed, Gallery One, University of the Arts, Hamilton Hall, Philadelphia PA

2009
Various and Sundry, Sky Box Gallery, Philadelphia PA

Education

2010
University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
BFA, Illustration

2007
Community College of Philadelphia
AA, Design

1998
Mastbaum, Academic Vocational Technical School
Commercial Arts