Christopher Stead (b. 1974 Halifax, UK) lives and works in London.
Subversive, playful and highly Foucauldian in its theory, the work evades the dichotomies and polarities regimented by the hegemonic order. By utilizing stigmatized materials and colours often loaded with gender associations, ornament and fetish, he disrupts hierarchies and questions the aesthetic of pop and the commodity.
Stead previously lived as a graffiti artist, painting on rail systems around Europe for over 20 years. In 2016 he 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.
Jealous Needs You @ Saatchi Gallery, London ( 01 - 27 Aug 2018 ).
Hack Morecambe @ Gas Contemporary, Morecambe, Lancashire ( 08 - 15 Sept 18 ).
Moral Minimalism ( solo show ) @ Aloïse, Barcelona, Spain ( Sept 2018 ).
Jealous Needs You @ Jealous North, London ( 3 - 28 Oct 18 ).
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).