Stephen Nelson

Timur The Lame, 2017

Stephen Nelson makes strange and highly personable objects and constructions, using a wide variety of salvaged materials selected for their colour, texture and character. Working with anything from sea worn plastic toys, clay pipes, wire, painted drift wood to cloth, carpet and leather, Nelson’s sculptures have an improvised and makeshift attitude, forming part of a curious world of ‘possible objects’ which defy critical context by reaching out through their physicality. He has recently been working in bronze.


Stephen was born in Liverpool and lives and works in London. He gained his BA in Fine Art at South Glamorgan Institute (1983), followed by a Masters in Fine Art at Birmingham University (1985). 

In 1999 Nelson was appointed the Arts Council of England Helen Chadwick Fellow in Sculpture, during which period he developed a series of works about wolves that related to his time spent at the British School in Rome and at Oxford University. 2013 saw him selected as the first solo artist to exhibit in the Projects at the Contemporary Art Society.

Stephen is also part time curator of Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Cogliandrino in Basilicata,Italy a not for profit artist run space.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

Skin falls apart, Projects Francesco Panteleone Gallery, Palermo, Italy (2015)

Project 1 Contemporary Arts Society, London (2013)

It’s a Soft Hard World, Space Station Sixty Five, London (2008)

Tepuis, Camden Arts Centre, London (1996) 

Wax, Adam Gallery, London (1994)

Bronze, Mario Flecha Gallery, London (1993)

Untitled, Adam Gallery, London (1992).

Selected Group Exhibitions 

Poor Art/Arte Povera Italian influences,British responses, Estorick Collection, London (2017)

Students, Patients, Paupers, St Phillips, LSE London (2011)

Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London (2010)

Walls Have Ears, Man & Eve Gallery, London (2008)

Thy neighbours ox, Space Station Sixty Five (2005)


Head, 2017

Work at Contemporary Art Society, 2013. Photo Joe Plommer

Time At Hogchester Arts

Residency period - August 2019

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