Stephen Pitchforth



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The mark making is carefully planned, but does not observe a figurative subject. The painting, when complete, is paradoxically, both a finished work and a record of its own creation.

There now begins a dialogue. Though there is no formal subject, each viewer adds a narrative or sees content that was never consciously intended.

Recent abstract painting has explored the intensity and dynamics of fields of contrasting colour, and this in turn has developed into studies of the horizon that seem to hover between abstraction and landscape.

My education in the arts has its roots at the Royal College of Music, London where I studied flute, piano and composition for four years as a junior scholar.

In my early career, I gained a postgraduate degree in Economics, and enjoyed many years as a university lecturer, although art came to be my primary focus outside my lecturing commitments.  My work developed through more advanced practical courses, extensive studies in art history, and visits to every possible exhibition. Influences on my painting are varied, and include Bonnard, Nolde, Hopper, and Derain.

I live and work in Surrey.

You are most welcome contact me to find out more about my work



 November 2019

My painting 'Trafalgar Square' chosen for inclusion in Guildford Arts 2020 Calendar from a large competive field.

November 2019

As an Exhibiting Member of Guildford Art Society, I was allowed to show work at their Autumn Exhibition.   This was at West Horsely Place, the home of the late Duchess of Roxburghe, and scene of a major preservation initiative. 

I was pleased to sell a larger painting on the very first day of the exhibition


September 2019

I was delighted and honoured to become an Exhibiting Member of Guildford Art Society, after submitting examples of my painting to a panel of very experienced selectors.

June 2019

My painting of the Strand in rush-hour was accepted for the prestigious Chelsea Art Society 72nd Annual Exhibition.

This was from 13 - 17 June 2019 at Chelsea Old Town Hall.

The quality of paintings exhibited is very high, so it was a great pleasure to be successful.


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Summer 2019

Art@Clyde&Co -

An exhibition of art sponsored by Guildford Arts and Clyde&Co the leading Guildford Solicitors

Clyde & Co
1 Stoke Road
Guildford GU1 4HW

11 May - 12 August 2019

September 2018

Private View

Solo Exhibition at Cranleigh Arts Centre

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Paintings and drawings by Stephen and Edward Pitchforth

Cranleigh Arts Centre

4 - 29 September 2018