We caught up with Stephen from Stephen Carr Art.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Stephen Carr and I am currently studying my final year of an honours degree in illustration at Newcastle collage, as a mature student. I have worn many hats in my life: I’ve been a salesman, a bar tender, an actor, a prop maker, a swimming instructor and I also served in the royal navy for several years.
I am pretty well travelled and I love to try the local food in the places I find myself, from the sands of the middle east to the snowy planes of Tibet. I am very interested in science and technology with a particular interest in space flight and exploration as well as developments in AI and robotics.
When did you get into art?
I have always been an artist as a hobby but I never really thought I was good enough to make a living from it, thinking I lacked the natural talent needed. As I got older I realised that talent was just another name for hard work and passion so I decided to make the leap and formally study the field. It’s only in the last few years that I have started to view my art as a career.
When did you start your business and why?
I am just at the very start of my business, where I produce and sell my own prints. Making art is the thing I love the most and doing this for a living is the dream come true. I am not really interested in working for a game or design studio, as I find the restrictions this places on my creativity to be undesirable. I often jump from one style to another and get obsessed with a new subject which I then want to explore with my art. Setting up my own business allows me more freedom in what I produce. Also this places my destiny in my own hands.
How has lockdown affected your work?
To be honest I think the lockdown has helped me be more productive. Being a self-sufficient artist means that I am normally in my studio anyway, so not being allowed to go out just means I get more work done. Having to do my final year of study remotely has been a challenge, however the staff and tutors have made a valiant effort to keep the flow of study consistent.
What do you love most about art?
Thats a big question and one its often hard to put into words. When I look at the artwork of others I am amazed at the skill the artist has applied. The ability to create is something I find beautiful in many forms, from nature to engineering to architectural – however, with art, it is generally just one persons vision and execution which I find far more compelling.
For my own art I find the research and conceptualisation to be rewarding, however the actual creation of my work is obviously the part that has the deeper connection for me. It is my meditation and my therapy from the troubles of the world. When I am drawing or creating I can truly be in the moment. Also the joy it brings to others is always very nice to see.
What do you love most about living in the north?
Definitely the proximity to some of the most beautiful and historically-rich countryside in the world. I have seen quite a lot of the world and I always tell people that the north of England and Scotland are the best. I love walking and wild camping and there is nowhere better for these activities. Also, the abundance of wildlife here is superb.
How can Style-and-Wear readers support you?
As a new business, it’s important to gain maximum exposure and i’ve been working hard on extending my social media network. Simply following me on instargram #stephencarrart, leaving some comments and tagging some friends would help a lot. Next would be buying some prints as this is the bread and butter of the business at the moment, and I am still in the stage where I am recouping costs for equipment. Commissioning work from me would be the gold standard of support.
Stephen’s work is simplistic and striking. He captures the north’s landmarks perfectly in vibrant colours making them an ideal centrepiece in an office. His sci-fi style work makes his individual style unique to any others we have seen.