Guy Stevens graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 1994, where he was enrolled on the Fine Art Painting Degree. Much of his time was spent developing multi media projects, using video, photography, performance, installation and sculptural techniques. After graduation Stevens was involved in various creative projects employing many of these art forms.
In 2001 Stevens taught himself to work with stone.
“Stone allows me to express myself both conceptually and physically. As a sculptor, I want to do justice to the potential and energy in a piece of stone. I have a rough idea, and then let it happen, seeing what I can make the stone do. Giving a heavy, solid thing my aesthetics without disturbing its inherent beauty, nature and energy.”
Most of the time he does not know what the result of his physical labour will be; shadowy reflections and echoes of forms move in and out of focus in the stone as he works. He resists the recognisable, but the finished sculpture always seems to have some part of an unintended object or creature that has crept into the abstraction without him knowing.
“I am most happy when this process reveals the odd or playful. Forms I did not know were mine become reality in stone.”
Guy Stevens has a passion for discovering and sourcing his material:
“It has taken me to people and places I would otherwise not have found or thought of visiting. I hope to give the viewer or discoverer of my work the same sense of voyage, process and emotion I have felt in its creation.”