Stephen Charlton is a renowned painter and sculptor based in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
Born in Newcastle, he eventually found himself attending York College of Art studying graphic design followed by a long and illustrious career as a design consultant to many global companies.
Having always had a creative instinct, Stephen never stopped doodling and sketching in his daydream times and at the age of forty, created his first serious sculpture at home in his garage. Since that time he continiued to play alongside his busy career, producing mostly animal sculptures that we see today – imortalised in his rough textured bronze style. Later, his expression to paint knew no bounds, using oils as his preferred medium because it too became a sculptural form with the texture and thickness of heavy impasto paint on both canvas and later, aluminium.
Today, you will find him in his studio at an old brick factory in the countryside and in the afternoon, attending meetings and presenting creative brand solutions for his demanding clients. This work/life balance is one that fuels his desire to deliver the energy wherever and whenever it is required. Some days, he's off to install sculpture in gardens that may necessitate climbing dizzy heights in trees to private underground garages to install automotive artwork. Wherever he is, the challenge of the new and the opportunity to collaborate with clients and the public keeps the fires burning within and an eye to the horizon.
1975-1979: York College of Arts
1979-2020: Designer and brand consultant
Present: Taking commissions, creating and exhibiting bronze garden sculpture and paintings.
My works deal with my deep connection with nature, its energy, power and impact while addressing global sustainability issues.
Private Orders & Commissions
Mouse on Ball, Scotland 2020
Owls, Hares & Swinging Mouse, France 2019
Swinging Mouse Leicestershire
Mouse on Ball, The Netherlands
Mouse on Ball, Bath
Boxing Hares, Accountants in Coleshill
Basking Mouse and Boxing Hares, Scotland
Skating Mouse, Sussex
Mouse on Ball, European Sculpture Tour
Doddington Hall 2018
Marks Hall 2017
Chesham Waters Public Installation 2016/2020
The Grove Hotel 2012
Kenilworth Castle 2011
Enid Blyton Garden 2011
Estate, Devon 2011
Charlcote Park - National Trust 2010/13
Rococo Gardens 2010
Outside Art 2010
Llangollen, Wales 2010
Glazed Art, Trentham Gardens 2010
Where I fell in Love Gallery, Warwickshire 2010
Chelsea Flower Show, London 2009
Twycross Zoo 2009
Chelsea Flower Show, London 2008
Mill Dene Gardens 2004 & 2009
Where I fell in Love Gallery, Worcstershire 2008
Nature in Art 2007
Tatton Park 2007
The Gallery, Warwickshire 2006
Broomhill Sculpture Park 2006
Charlton House Hotel 2004
Helen Ley Centre
School Workshops & Demonstrations
The Grove Hotel, Watford
Coppice Primary School, Birmingham
Pinvin Primary School, Worcestershire
Wildlife Artist of the Year 2004