AN ARTIST from Bury St Edmunds has been signed up by a large publishing firm,
Stefan Marner, of St Andrew’s Street North, has won the contract with fine art publisher Washington Green which partners with Castle galleries throughout the country.
Work by the contemporary artist has featured locally with a commission for a design by a local car dealer and at fashion shop Six Whiting Street.
He said the signing meant his work would be shown more widely and this should lead to greater sales.
He said: “ It’s a huge corporate company and has sold work by Bob Dylan and Ronnie Wood. They sell a lot of contemporary artists.”
Stefan has also been presenting his work at Canary Wharf, in London, which also features a Castle gallery.
The 37-year-old father of two young children works at night and takes his inspiration from toys, Lego, animals and ‘anything that grabs his imagination’.
He left school aged 15 without any qualifications and after being accepted at West Suffolk College on the strength of his portfolio alone began a diploma in graphic design.
He spent some time at UEA but was unhappy with the subject, having realised that fine art was his strength.
Last weekend he was at Bluewater with his exhibition The Wonderful World of Mine, featuring some of the characters he has created.
He said: “I have a really normal life with my family and pets. My wife Clare was the one who sent out my portfolio with great results.”
Stefan begins his work with the background before painting the outline of his image. After this, paint is spooned on to the canvas and pushed into place.