Stephen Brandes (born Wolverhampton, UK, 1966) moved to Ireland in 1993. He now lives and works in Co Cork.
Brandes’ practice often explores the interplay of word and visual language as a vehicle for storytelling, with particular reference to travel fiction and European traditions of absurdism and satire. He employs a broad spectrum of media and styles, from monumental drawings on flooring vinyl, to modestly sized paintings and collage, to digitally designed posters.
In 2005, Brandes co-represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, and has continued to exhibit nationally and internationally. Group shows include Cross the Line, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2006; Girl Power and Boyhood, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2006; Twenty, IMMA, Dublin, 2011; Last, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2012.
He is currently working towards new work for the RHA Gallery, Dublin (September 2013), and a major project for the Norfolk & Norwich Arts Festival in 2014.
Stephen Brandes is represented by Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.