Stephen J Bragg

Dip Arch (Oxford) RIBA FRSA SocAA


Recently retired as Design Director of one of Europe’s largest architectural practices, he now devotes more time to painting.

He is interested in the luminosity of the Watercolour medium and particularly its perverse difficulty, his works are detailed responses to the natural and technological world, carefully drawn, planned and executed in the manner of a military campaign.

Many works are increasingly closer to the subject characterised by paintings with no horizon, focusing the viewers attention towards the subject as in the Flora series.

Taking cues from the natural world, he has explored the two-dimensional graphical quality of the three-dimensional world expressed variously in shadows, contrast, and patterns often depicted as dynamic form seen from unusual angles. Collision and contradiction coupled with an intense use of full and vibrant colours.

He is also inspired by the bright light and contrast of the full sun, leading to paintings that capture the intensity of the climate with the use of deep full colours and shadows revelling in the luminous transparency of the medium to create powerful and distinctive images.

He has recently been experimenting with other mediums

  • Embossing [Urban Embossing]
  • Pastel [Disfractions 4 + 5, Constructions]
  • Acrylic [Arbytecture]

Born in 1947, Stephen is a qualified Architect, and recently retired as a Design Director in one or Europe’s largest and most successful practices.

He has recently contributed a demonstration work to “Different Strokes” a recently published book.

He had a full article feature entitled “The Shape of Water” published in the International Artist magazine.

Designed a First Day Cover for the Royal Mail in 1997.

Featured in The World of Watercolour 2014 Catalogue.


Exhibitions

2016
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [1]

2015
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [1]
Royal Watercolour Society [1]

2014
Final 100 World of Watercolour Exhibition

2012
Royal Institute of Painters in Wtercolour [1]

2011
Royal Watercolour Society [3] – PrizewInner – Winsor & Newton Prize

2010
Finalist in Sunday Times Watercolour Competition [1]
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [1]

2009
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [1]
Royal Watercolour Society [3]

2008
Broadway Malyan: Edinburgh [6]
Pastel Society [2]
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [1]

2007
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [1]

2005
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [5]
Visions – Chelsea [3]

2004
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [2]

2003
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [6] – Prizewinner – Best use of Colour
Visions at Baker Tilly [45]

2002
Insights + Outlooks at Cork Street Gallery [37]
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [3]

2001
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [2] – Prizewnner – best architectural work
Royal West of England Academy [2]

2000
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [3]
Royal West of England Academy [2]

1999
Royal West of England Academy [1]
Society of Architect Artists [3]
Tig Fili Gallery Cork [2]

1998
Royal West of England Academy [1]
Society of Architect Artists [5]

1997
Ernst and Young East Anglia [2]
Society of Architect Artists [3]

1996
Blanc de Bierges [29]
Broadway Malyan London [32]
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [4]
Royal Watercolour Society [1]
Society of Architect Artists [6]

1995
Alresford Gallery – Inside Outside [18]
Alresford Gallery – Wessex Cathedrals [4]
Laing Exhibition [1]
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour [2]
Society of Architect Artists [6]
Trafalgar House Calendar Commission [7]
Broadway Malyan Southampton [15]
Patisserie Vallerie [2]
RIBA Recent Works [22]
Society of Architect Artists [4] – UDO Prize – Painting of the show 1993
Patisserie Valerie [3]
Society of Architect Artists [4]

1994
Alresford Gallery Christmas Exhibition [2]

1993
Gun Street Gallery [5]
Royal Academy [1]
Society of Architect Artists [6]

1992
Britains Painters [4]
Britains Painters [2]
Society of Architect Artists [6]

1991
Artworker [1] – Prizewinner – Best in Show

1990
Society of Architect Artists [6]


All sizes quoted are image sizes

BAPTISTRY PISA 2

Online

Watercolour on paper, framed
470 x 470

£1,350

BAPTISTRY PISA 2 / Stephen J Bragg

Watercolour on paper, framed / 470 x 470 / £1,350

Solar dos Bicos

Lisbon, Portugal

Watercolour
365 x 555mm

Solar dos Bicos / Stephen J Bragg / Watercolour / 365 x 555mm / £950

Huis Bartolotti

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Watercolour on card
365 x 565mm

Huis Bartolotti / Stephen J Bragg / Watercolour on card / 365 x 565mm / £900

Burano 2

Burano, Italy

Watercolour on paper
530 x 380mm

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Burano 2 / Stephen J Bragg / Watercolour on paper / 530 x 380mm / £950