Stephen Brandes is a British artist who now lives and works in County Cork, Ireland. Brandes’ practice 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. With his large-scale pieces he draws and paints on vinyl. They are rambling, panoramic compositions, packed with layers of detail and incident. He in a way restores the awareness of drama and history that are effectively hidden beneath the calm uniformity of suburbia.
Brandes exhibits nationally and internationally and has represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale. He is represented by Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland and has also shown in BCA's The Gallery, as part of a group show.