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Installation Shot:
“Shine Through Spheres 1”

Credo 2007
“Credo 2007”

Stephen Riley

Photo of Stephen Riley
The Artist

Stephen Riley was born in Kent in 1955, and
grew up in what is now Tameside in East Manchester. After a
period working as an engineer, he switched to Fine Art, which
he studied as a mature student. Starting in the 1980s, he completed
a Dip. HE in Interdisciplinary Studies at Manchester Polytechnic
(now Manchester Metropolitan University), before studying for
a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Plymouth, an MA
in Art & Architecture at Kent Institute of Art & Design
in Canterbury, and a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Leeds.

He has since worked in various parts of the
UK as practising artist, lecturer and writer on art and culture.
He now lives once again in Tameside. His studio is in Mossley.

Of his work, Stephen says:

there is one consistent theme in my work it is ‘space’, which
is considered in various ways, depending on the medium. My
paintings are an ongoing abstract project, focusing on tensions
within painting itself, particularly the contradiction between
pictorial space and the picture surface. But other tensions
are also considered; those between the accidental and the
controlled, between chaos and order, and between the geometric
and the formless, for example, reflecting my own conflicting
impulses towards both the Romantic and the rational”.

He also uses photography. There is a commercial
arm to this and a Fine Art one, which follows the ‘space’ theme
referred to above. In this, urban space is considered as a place
of communication between individuals, groups and corporate interests;
where things people create or leave behind communicate values,
desires, social tensions, and so on; and where, sometimes, the
overload of visual stimuli now on the street creates unforeseen,
perhaps unintended and often confusing messages.

Stephen has exhibited in many UK cities, including
Manchester, London, Bristol, Exeter and Southampton, as well
as in Germany and China. He has work in collections in the UK,
USA and Continental Europe. He has had written items and/or
photographs published in AN Magazine
(Artists’ Newsletter), Dorset Life,
online magazine, The
and Private Eye,
amongst others. His novel ‘Barsteadworth
– a fictionalised account of workplace bullying
within the British Higher Education system – was published in


Stephen’s contact details are as follows:

Tel (Mobile): 0794 175 9877.
Website – Painting:
Website – Commercial Photography:
Address: 102 Kenworthy Street, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester
SK15 2DX United Kingdom.

If you are, or know of any
local artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc)
located or based in and around Manchester please let us know,
and if appropriate, we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly
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