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BIO
Tristan Stevens juxtaposes smileys with zen gardens. He lets ancient symbols resurface in contemporary technology. His colour palette, gestures and textures gives his work a gentle openness. It feels friendly and welcoming, like an advertisement for ritualistic spiritualism in the distant and futuristic simulations of reality that just might be contemporary society." - Andreas Ervik

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Recent exhibitions and events: I/P/1 an internet project by Project/Number, London, in collaboration with Lawrence Lek's Sky Line for Art Licks, UK; FIFTHWALL, solo at Black Swan Arts, UK; Ways of Something Episode 2 minute 25, curated by Lorna Mills, Crazy Sexy Cool, gif screening, for Liquidation, .dpi issue, Studio XX, Montreal; Anatomize, gif screening curated by Rollin Leonard, Transfer Gallery, NY;



Tristan Stevens was born near Montreal on the border of Quebec and New York state to a herd of Deer. Aged 6 he was evacuated to his Aunt's nr. Paris, France. There he learnt how to make images with corn onto faux leather boards. Tristan soon fled to outer London and lived on a sofa bed of a friends. Each morning he frequented a high rise where he learnt english through cartoons and arguments, before being taken to a school where he understood nothing. After many moves from cottages in Hampshire to Cul de sacs in Avon, Tristan finally settled in Somerset and started to learn to paint and draw after being given a set of paints and brushes by the next door neighbour who's husband was an amateur painter who had recently passed away. Tristan copied the works of this artist, of cats and other feral animals. Computers always played a role in his life. From the Casio personal organiser to early 286 games, from PC Paint to CompuServe/AOL internet chat rooms.



www.tristanstevens.com