4 November 2009 – 30 January 2010
The exhibition, ‘as long as it takes’ features a selection of his sculpture from the last two years alongside some preliminary drawings and photographs of working practice and recent commissions. Works from the exhibition will also be sited at various locations around the building for visitors to ‘discover’.
Stephen is recognised for his sculptural work in well-known Merseyside public places including Birkenhead Park Station, Liverpool Womens Hospital, Queens Square and Calderstones Park.
Stephens recent work has been concerned with both the fragility of our bodies, relationships and the passage of time. This originated, in part, from a commission undertaken for the University of Liverpools Cedar House: Kardia and Fields of Gold, 2008.
Although Stephen has worked with a range of materials including metals, stained glass, ceramics and bronze, his preferred material to work with is stone.
Stephen said: I was first given the opportunity to work with stone as an art student at Liverpool Polytechnic and learnt about the material by camping, living and working at a quarry in Staffordshire. This was the beginning of what has become a lifelong relationship with both the quarry and the material.
Matthew Clough, Director of the Victoria Gallery & Museum, said: Stephens commission for us marked a new direction in his work and it seems appropriate to highlight this with an exhibition of his recent work. His sculpture is not solely shaped by his ideas but also the choice of material, and visitors can see this in the contrasting techniques and effects achieved with carved stone and polished marble.
‘Moondancer’ Stephen Hitchin