About Rebecca Stevenson
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 lures 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.
Stevenson graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 1998 and the Royal College of Art in 2000. Her solo shows include '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: '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; 'A Sight to Behold" at Van Der Grinten, Cologne with Simon Schubert, Jan C. Schlegel, Ruth Marten and others
Stevenson’s works are held in the Olbricht Collection, the Maramotti Collection (Collezione Maramotti), and the Kraft Collection, as well as in numerous private collections internationally.
Rebecca Stevenson lives and works in London