Stephen Watkins

Gallery Room 4 – Over £500-£2000

Stephen is a Suffolk-based artist with a background in Architecture.  Despite having very low marks in art classes as a college student studying to become an architect (because he tended to paint what he wanted, not what he was asked to paint), he became a well known local artist in Doha when, unbeknownst to him, some early paintings of his were taken to a local gallery and immediately sold. Stephen focuses his art on city skylines to help capture and preserve important places and memories for people.  The places we’ve lived and visited became a part of who we are, but memory is a fickle thing.  Over time it fades, and people can become lost to us.

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City Shards | £1299| 1.8m x 60cm | Acrylic on Canvas

This piece was inspired by two things: some sketches I did a while back where I tried to bring parts of cities together and also the overall state of things in the world these days. Everything feels so fractured and unsteady right now with pandemics, social unrest, and political strife. I wanted to be honest about that, but I also wanted to be honest about the fact that things don’t have to stay in pieces. Our cities, towns, and countries may feel broken in the moment , but at the end of the day, the pieces can always be put back together. Featuring the London Skyline