About Rebecca Stevenson
Rebecca Stevenson in her studio
photo: Marianne Wie
"The sculpture is fascinating - a kind of uncanny rococo..."
Martin Kemp, Art Historian
Rebecca Stevenson's sculptures appear to be in a state of transition, at once alive and dead; in bloom and in decay. Wilfully decorative, a feast for the eye, their ravishing colour and exquisite detail lure the gaze. But on closer inspection the work reveals itself as having a darker aspect: the spectacle becomes grotesque, unsettling, or frankly absurd. Referencing still life painting, as well as the objects found in the wunderkammers of Baroque Europe, Stevenson's work interrogates the meaning and experience of being flesh. .
Rebecca Stevenson is currently Artist-in-Residence (Shifting Perspectives Residency) at the V&A, London.
She graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 1998 and the Royal College of Art in 2000. Her solo shows include 'Delicate Pleasures' at Fasanenschloessen Moritzburg, Dresden; 'Bacchanale' at Collect 2020/James Freeman Gallery, London; ‘Fantasia’ at Van der Grinten, Cologne; ‘Tempting Nature’ at Mogadishni, Copenhagen; ‘Exquisite Corpse’ at DomoBaal, London.
Recent group exhibitions include: "Modern Baroque" at James Freeman Gallery, London with Daniel Hosego; "Centuries in the Making' at Bonhams, London and Compton Verney, Warwickshire with Grinling Gibbons, Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Cummings, Lucille Lewin and others; 'Artists' Conquest' at Schloss Pillnitz/Museum of Applied Arts, Dresden with Margret EIcher, Luzia SImons and Myriam Thyes; 'So Beautiful It Hurts' at James Freeman Gallery, London, with Carolein Smit and Andrew McIntosh; 'B.A.R.O.C.K' at Schloss Caputh, Potsdam and ME Collectors Room, Berlin, curated by Mark Gisbourne and Margret Eicher, with artists Margret Eicher, Luzia Simons and Myriam Thyes
Stevenson’s works are held in the Olbricht Collection, the Maramotti Collection, the Kraft Collection and the collection of the State Palaces and Gardens of Saxony as well as in numerous private collections internationally.
Rebecca Stevenson lives and works in London