Christopher Stead (b. 1974, UK) lives and works in London.
Tangled, torn, popped, squeezed and then hung in spaces of other, the painting’s live to evade the paradigms of commercial obedience, white cube boredom, and the polarities regimented by cultural hegemony.
The work seeks new places to hang. Inspired by Foucault’s concept of heterotopia, it finds solace in spaces of otherness. Informed by a youth growing up painting graffiti on the trains, a youth that turned into a life. 20 years painting in the dark. Surrounded by fences, along the train tracks, in and on derelict buildings. Places of abandon and neglect. Again, the work finds itself back in its familiar territory.
In 2016 Stead graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School, London, where he received the Painter - Stainers Scholarship Prize and Brian Till Art History Thesis Award. He also makes a damn fine risotto and enjoys walks on the train lines.
Artist in Residence at Lab Kalkhorst, Germany (Winter 2019).
Heterotopic Tourism (solo) @ Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany (May 2019).
Jealous Booth @ Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London (9-12 May 2019).
Berlin Art Week @ Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany (11-15th Sept 2019).
Mantra @ Stour Space, London (2018).
Low Voltage Experiments: Installation with Gala Bell @ The Silver Building, London (2018).
Jealous Stand @ The Affordable Art Fair, London (2018).
JNY 3018 @ Jealous North, London (2018).
Jealous Stand @ Moniker Art Fair, London (2018).
Moral Minimalism ( solo show ) @ Aloïse, Barcelona, Spain (2018).
Hack Morecambe @ Gas Contemporary, Morecambe, Lancashire (2018).
JNY 3018 @ Saatchi Gallery, London (2018).
Jealous Needs You @ Jealous East, London (2018).
Silver Sehnsucht, curated by Approved by Pablo, The Silver Building, London (2017).
Unruly Suspects, Unruly Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017).
Chromophobia (solo show), Proof Gallery, London (2017).
Paper Cuts, Transition Gallery, London, (2016).
After presents Glossary, Safehouse, London (2016).
Out of Sight, Proof Gallery, London, (2016).
City & Guilds of London Art School Degree Show, London (2016).
Shatter Proof, Proof Gallery, London (2016).
LAX/ LHR, Stolen Space, London (2015).
Les Etudients, Salon, London (2015).
Post Transit Romantics, Make Your Mark Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2015).
Liminal, The Ragged School Museum, London (2015).
From the Studio Floor, Anise Gallery, London (2015).
Unruly Gallery, Dog & Pony, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2015).
Art of Angel, The Candid Arts Trust, London (2015).
Dirty Laundry, Library Members Club, London (2014)
A Comfortable Man, Wiltons Music Hall, London (2014).
Dubl Trubl, Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany (2014).
‘Why is a raven like a writing desk?’, Londonewcastle Project Space, London (2014).
Wu Tang is for the Children, Londonewcastle Project Space, London (2014).
Cedar’s Graffiti Supply Store, Movement, Worcester (2013).
Monsters Ink, Wayward Gallery, London (2013).
Third Text: Review of the Heterotopic Tourist installation at the Silver Sehnsucht exhibition The Silver Building (2018): http://thirdtext.org/hegenbart-heterotopia
Fad Magazine: Sehnsucht exhibition (2017): http://fadmagazine.com/tag/silver-sehnsucht/
Interview for Unruly Gallery (2017): http://mailchi.mp/4e8c2868173e/unruly-news-3-unruly-suspects-collectors-preview-2737413?e=7b798b2caf
Review of Chromophobia solo exhibition at Proof Gallery (2017): https://prooflondon.com/blogs/news/christopher-stead-chromophobia-and-the-business-of-art-in-2017
Review of degree exhibition at City & Guilds of London Art School (2016): http://www.artlyst.com/articles/city-guilds-launch-2016-degree-show-we-spotlight-four-of-the-best