Stephen, an English born corporate painter and art teacher, has made Hong Kong his home for the past 24 years. Currently he has a studio in the vibrant and colourful downtown area of Wan Chai.
This globetrotting artist has been sketching and painting since childhood and was advised to enrol at Eastbourne Art and Design College when he was sixteen. Although classically trained, Stephen draws inspiration from unique settings, learning an assortment of skills along the way to establish himself as a well-rounded, innovative artist. Constantly questioning where he is headed next, Stephen is a chameleon of sorts, changing his style according to current movements and cultural influences.
Having made the transition from freelance illustrator to corporate painter, Stephen now spends much of his time adding to his extensive collection of works, while also taking on the role of educator. His admitted love affair with Honkers has kept him here during the school term, combining the running of his studio with his teaching at various universities, international schools and local schools.
In 2002 Stephen was awarded the prestigious Dr Ann Clark fellowship from Saint Ignatius College Riverview in Sydney, Australia. The fellowship is awarded each year to a highly esteemed educator who has demonstrated excellence in their professional field, a clear illustration of Stephen's devotion to the arts.
His profound interest in the pursuit and passion of art and design in the community has been a major part of Stephen's career, and many charities have benefitted over the years from this endeavour. As an educator, he encourages his students to take on professional work while also being charitable in their efforts.
Stephen's paintings also appear annually on cards for Christmas and Chinese New Year, with the Duchess of Kent listed as one of his regular clients. Calendars of leading insurance companies also bear Stephen Thomas signature.
A commission to produce artwork for the 1986 royal wedding of HRH Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and a further commission to develop a series of paintings centred on the development of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia are a testament to Stephen's skill as a corporate painter.
Supporting and embracing his local community has been another of Stephen's guiding principles. His local framer of 20 years standing, Mr Lee of Wing Ching Cheung Frame making, has become a firm friend and one he relies on for a well-finished product. The guiding and mentoring of local artists and students is just one way that Stephen passes on his knowledge, experience and passion.
Stephen's work has a universal quality that resonates with different audiences. His works include images of man-made and natural environments from France, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, North Queensland and most recently the Asian region, artfully constructing slices of pleasure that encapsulate his originality as an artist.
Stephen hopes you enjoy his website, collection of watercolours, acrylics and mixed media work.