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Stephen Fox was born in Oxford in 1954. He received no formal art training. After a succession of varied employments including psychiatric nurse, car mechanic, and roughneck on a North Sea oil rig, in 1981 he became a self-employed carpenter and builder. He began to make sculpture, in wood at first, in 1985. In 1990, he moved to France, and set up his studio in Lower Normandy, since when he has concentrated on working with stone and marble.
He began to move towards abstraction in the mid-Nineties, becoming interested in the combination of two or more pieces of stone to form compact entities. Early examples are 'Family 2', and 'Embrace', using Caen limestone. More recently the 'Occupying Spirit' series develops this in marble and harder limestones, involving powerful contrasts of colour and texture.
His most recent work uses granite from Brittany and Normandy whose subtle variations of colour have led to a new sophistication.


Exhibitions
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Sewell Gallery, Radley College, Oxon
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
Marziart Internazionale Galerie, Hamburg
View Gallery, Thames Ditton, Surrey
On Form 06, Asthall Manor, Oxon
Oxford Artweek, Eynsham Hall, Oxon
Oxford Artweek, College Farm, Oxon
Oxford Artweek, Kings Centre, Oxford
Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes
Garden of Art, Gestingthorpe, Essex
Artspace, Henley-on-Thames
Manchester College of Fine Art, Annual Open Exhibition
Piers Feetham Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Midsummer Art Exhibition, CBX, Milton Keynes
Église de Quilly, Caen, France
Chateau de Reville, France
Midsummer Art Exhibition, CBX, Milton Keynes
Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury
Salon des Artistes Bas-Normands, Caen, France
Chateau de Réville, Manche, France
Black Boy Gallery, West Wycombe
Symposium, ‘À Caen la Paix’, Calvados, France
Église de Quilly, Caen, France
St Giles Church, Oxford
Symposium, ’À Caen la Paix’, Calvados, France
Mairie, Thury Harcourt, Calvados, France
RBA, Mall Galleries, London