Stewart started painting in 2003 whilst living and working in Milford -on -Sea at Westover Hall which he and his family bought in 1995. This followed a highly colouful personal and business life much of which was spent in the fashion industry where he worked on creating advertising campaigns with photographers and stylists including Lord Snowdon, Terrence Donovan and Isabella Blow.
Influences of the local coastline of Lymington and Christchurch Bay have inspired the dramatic seascapes together with the open skies and brilliant sunsets which have become a trademark of his work.
The latest collection of abstract paintings take their cue from the local fishing boats and beach huts. Layers of brightly coloured paint washed away by the sea and battered by the waves. The steaking effect of rusted iron and scrubbing of nets across marine timbers. faded colours adjusted by time and tide. Painstaking construction of acrylic paint, built up and scraped down, communicate a raw power and rough texture which capture a deep breath of sea air.
Stewart’s paintings are held in both private and corporate collections and he has held many solo and group exhibitions in both London and Hampshire where he now lives in the New Forest.
He is represented by Cadogan Contemporary in London and both the Lyndhurst Gallery and Coastal Gallery in Lymington.
Stewart’s artworks can be seen on his website http://www.stewartmechem.com
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