Having carved stone from an early age, Roger Stephens realised his ambition to become a stone mason and worked at Salisbury Cathedral for nine years. It was while working at Salisbury that he began sculpting, exhibiting and working on commissions. He then progressed to the life of a fulltime sculptor.He is a Member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors.
Represented by: The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire. Cadogan Contemporary, Old Brompton Road, London.
Stone has always been my medium of choice. This fundamental material offers endless choice of colour, hardness and texture which is always a challenge. To realise an idea takes time and effort and it is the physical demands of carving that I find absorbing and, at times, frustrating. One has a close relationship with the material, know it intimately and have to coax it to conform to your will.
The ideas for my work come from a myriad of sources. Politics, industry, the natural world, music, in fact anything that catches my imagination. This is important to me so that I can feel free to interpret the world as I see it.
Whatever the inspiration, I endeavour to get to the essence of the idea, to pare it back to a pure sculptural form.