Stephen Earl Rogers - Archive

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Stephen Earl Rogers creates striking, contemporary portraits and paintings  for both public and private commissions. His work is held in collections across Europe, North America, the Middle East, the Far East and Africa.
Painting with incredible realism, Stephen captures physical likeness with clean precision whilst at the same time achieving a powerful presence and depth of character in his subjects.
Regularly shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London, his work has featured in exhibitions representing the very best in figurative and contemporary art practice worldwide. Stephen was born in 1971, and studied at Basingstoke College and the University of Derby.  He is now based in Birmingham, was included in 'the Art of Birmingham 1940 - 2008' at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where his work is held in the permanent collection.  In 2016, Stephen's work was selected for the BP Portrait Award Show at the National Portrait Gallery.
The clean lines and clarity of colour and composition in Stephen’s work have led to its use in advertising campaigns for the National Portrait Gallery and on book covers worldwide, including that of critically acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak.  

Stephen views the portrait process as a ‘conversation’ between the artist and the sitter. He prefers to have an initial meeting before starting the portrait to discuss interests, ideas, likes and dislikes, which then provide him with a foundation for the portrait. From here he asks to have a few sittings to work on the initial sketches and then a few sittings towards the end of the commission to work on the finer details.

Selected Exhibitions

2016  BP Portrait Award
National Portrait Gallery

2015  Portrait Prize Exhibition
Royal Society of Birmingham Artists

2015  Birmingham People and Change in the Inner City
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery                                                       
2014  The Contemporary Portrait: Self & Others
Shire Hall Gallery                                                                                            
2011  ‘What To Do In An Emergency’
Ikon Gallery, birmingham
2011  Creekside Open , Selected by Phyllida Barlow / Dexter Dalwood
APT London 
2009, 2007/06/05/04, 2002/01  BP Portrait Award
National Portrait Gallery, London                                                                    
2008  'The Art of Birmingham 1939-2008'
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery                                                           
2003  Garrick/Milne Prize  
Christies, London         

2002  Adapt NOW
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow                       
Selected Commissions and Collections
┼Émer M Koç
Adrian & Sarah Scrope (The Chilton Estate)
Harry & Tasmia Hart (Melford Capital LTD, Managering Partner)
Standard Chartered Bank, London
The Chantry, Vermont, U.S.A.
Birmingham Museums Trust
King Edwards VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Channel Four
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Seung Cheng
Mike Potter and Family
Cas Donald and her girls
Sez Maxted
Rusty Elvidge ( MD Credit Suisse)
Katharine & Julian Long (Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
Phillip Burke (MD Esprit)  

Fountain (Sold)
Fountain (Sold)
36 x 32 cm
Oil on Board
Line (SOLD)
Line (SOLD)
26 x 41 cm
Oil on Board