Stephen Magrath

Art - Health - Community


I work principally in drawing , printing and painting on paper , aluminium , perspex and board with dimensions ranging from postcard-size to 10 metre long installations .

My practice is inspired by my interest in health and such areas as human microbiology , neuroscience and psychology deepened through collaborations with practitioners and researchers in these fields .
It finds form as explorations of the inner body , mind and consciousness presented often as cellular repetitions or circular designs . My intention is to avoid clinical imagery in favour of the aesthetic and mysterious as a means to encouraging public discourse around physical , mental and spiritual wellbeing .
( see my video 'Shine a Light' at Links ) .

I have artworks in various public institutions including 'Purkinje' a large drawing installation in Royal United Hospital , Bath , 15 paintings in the Department of Psychology , University of Bath and 12 in the Wellcome Image Library ( see Links ).

I extend my interest in 'health' and the interface of art , science and spirituality by leading projects involving workshops and exhibitions with schools and community groups throughout the SouthWest . These are intended to provide a forum for engaging with topical subjects such as dementia , depression/anxiety , mindfullness / meditation etc...

I am also a part-time art teacher at a local school for children with learning difficulties , working in a therapeutic context with students with Autism , Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy (see Community Art )

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