Born in 1974 in Plymouth, humourous artist Stefan Marner takes inspiration from everywhere.
History and Background
I was born in 1974 in Plymouth. I don't know my dad and have no memory of him as he has never been in my life. I've always been very close to my mum as a result. I left school at 15, with zero qualifications as I was constantly moving up and down the country with my eighties power mum! After leaving school I got accepted into West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds on the strength of my portfolio alone, and began my diploma in graphic design, achieving an A* in photography. After that I was accepted into Cambridge UEA to study for a BA hons degree in graphic design. I absolutely hated it and was there for barely a year. Why did I hate it? Because it was all computer work, which felt utterly soulless to me, I should've chosen fine art instead. So I left University and concentrated on running several small businesses and carried on in this direction. Over the years I continued to sell my artwork both privately and via several local galleries. I met my wife who loved my work and, quite frankly, forced me to have faith and approac fine art publishers Washington Green with my portfolio! She got her way and I haven't looked back since!
Ideas and Inspirations
Toys, Lego, Animals, Babies, Music, Question Time(!), the list goes on, and at the risk of sounding cliched, because of the style of my work, I can get inspiration from almost anything. Obviously I'm inspired by other artists alive and dead, but there's far too many for me to list here.