Alec Stevens lives and works in Bristol. Trained in the University of Brighton’s 3D Craft and Design degree, he is specialised in creating highly detailed sculpted objects in wood with strong ideas behind them.
The projects he undertakes are rooted within the research regarding a particular location and the presence of people over the course of history. He creates crafted artworks within places with rich pasts such as museums, archives and the historic urban environment, revealing stories that explore the past in his own mischievous voice. Stevens’ approach plays with the notion of past histories and questions their authenticity. The results of which are humorous, revealing and thought-provoking.
He has been trusted by the National Trust for over a six year period within four of their properties to create engaging sculptures and installations that reveal new elements within their collections. His practice has been open to collaborations working jointly with commissioners, academics and other talented artists.
He is co-founder of ‘Polari Press’, a publishing house specialising in producing Artist books, zines and objects exploring LGBTQ+ themes and histories.
He is currently resident artist within Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio where he is developing artworks and experiences that are enhanced through the use of technology.
Shortlisted for the Jerwood Makers Open Prize 2019, Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon prize 2015 & the Aspex Gallery Craft Emergency prize 2013.
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"The work of Alec Stevens admirably shows how contemporary art can bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the display and interpretation of historic properties and collections."
Curator of late 19th-century British sculpture and decorative arts, Ashmoleon Museum, Oxford.