Stephen Mangan Solo Exhibition
This exhibition will cover all of Stephen’s iconic subject matter – beach promenades, the racecourse, the theatre, tenements, harbours and figures, and some new subjects – captivating collectors of Stephen’s work and inspiring those encountering it for the first time.
What we find in Stephen’s work is more than a strong style. Stephen creates another world through his paintings, one
which is at once familiar and otherworldly. Through his carefully planned out compositions and his slow, meticulous
approach to painting, he creates a world with arresting presence and stillness. Whilst each painting is compelling on its
own, when presented together the strength of Stephen’s vision is even more apparent.
Stillness is palpable in Stephen’s harbour paintings, which are devoid of people and feature calm waters, the occasional
lit window in a lighthouse acting as the only suggestion of human habitation. What is perhaps even more fascinating is the
way that Stephen creates a sense of still and quiet contemplation even in his paintings of busy beaches, theatres and train
stations. These are paintings populated by many people yet each person seems to inhabit their very own world.
Stephen’s paintings invite us to be still, to stop and look, and we hope that you enjoy the exhibition as a whole as much
as the individual works.