Painting detail - Sangre por Sangre, 2013,
Photo credit: Robert Knafo
|Born||24 June 1952|
|Education||Saint Martins School of Art|
Early life and education
Stephen Pusey was born on 24th June, 1952. Both his parents had emigrated to London: his mother, Mary Pusey nee McNulty (1922 – 2007) from Ireland and his father, Carlyle Frank Pusey (1922 – 2011) from India, where the paternal line had resided for many generations. His parents were married in Dublin in 1951.
After graduating from Saint Martins School of Art, Pusey created monumental public murals around London, including the Covent Garden, Earlham Street mural, 1977 and the Brixton Academy mural, 1982. In 1986 he emigrated to New York City, USA where he had been invited to exhibit at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. During the years that followed, his work included painting, drawing and sculpture that combined calligraphic gesture with figurative Symbolism as well as investigations in digital media and Net Art.
In 1994 he founded the online art and discussion hub, Plexus, with curator Yu Yeon Kim with whom he curated, "Omnizone, Perspectives in Mapping Digital Culture", in 1997. In 1996 he also helped establish, with other online organizations, the Foundation for Digital Culture.
Concurrent with his digital and network explorations, Pusey continued exhibiting and working with physical media. Between 2003 and 2004, he exhibited a graphite mural at the Slought Foundation, Philadelphia. The following year his Abstract paintings and graphite installations were shown at Hermes, New York. The artist has had various solo and group exhibitions in New York City and internationally including Michael Steinberg Fine Art and, in 2013, at Guided by Invoices which was commended by Art in America. The artist's work is included in numerous corporate and private collections.
- Video of the artist discussing his work.
- “Global Intersections: New Cultural Practices”; paper presented at Kitchen NYC
- “Omnizone Tries to Map the Unmappable”; Matthew Mirapaul, New York Times
- "Omnizone" at Guggenheim Museum Cyberatlas
- GUIDED BY INVOICES
- “Omnizone” - Stephen Pusey and Yu Yeon Kim; Intelligent Agent (Vol. 2.2)
- “Community Murals - The Peoples Art”, Dr. Alan W. Barnett, The Art Alliance Press, U.S.A.
- “Street Murals of America, Britain & Western Europe”, Volker Barthelmeh, Penguin Publishing
- “L’Art Public” Francoise Chatel, Ministerie Des Relations Exteriors, Paris
- “The Complete Guide to Painting & Drawing Techniques & Materials” Colin Hayes, Phaidon
- “Painting The Town”, Graham Cooper, Phaidon, London