DAPHNE STEPHENSON

Daphne feels she owes much of her inspiration to the many countries she lived in and visited when she was younger. The eldest of five children, Daphne was born in Holland and had lived in Lisbon, Portugal, Karachi, Pakistan and Eindhoven, Holland before arriving in Kent aged 11. At around 14 she started creating, making and painting. "Art was my own personal therapy and in it I found the peace, solace and escape I was needing". After school, she travelled the length and breadth of India and Africa before spending a year in Vienna, Austria where she studied metal work at University from the age of 19.

Her first job as a commercial artist was as a tie and scarf designer for Victor Sumner & Co off Regent Street, followed by a brief stint designing gift wrapping paper. She then went on to work for Bilston and Battersea Enamels in Wolverhampton before being appointed to their sister company Halcyon Days of Bond Street where she worked as their only in-house designer painting unique special commissions for clients which included royalty.

Shortly after this, Daphne began to give private art classes to children, which led to an invition to teach GCSE Art to pupils in a new private secondary school. Her pupils got excellent results and she was then asked to teach at a further two schools, both Primary and Secondary. She continued giving private tution in her Chelsea studio and specialised in Art scholarships. Her pupils have won scholarships to top schools and art colleges, including Ruskins. She is immensely proud of them and still gives work experience and advice where needed. She has always felt strongly that she needed to impart all her inspiration and imagination to her pupils first before embarking on her own journey as a self-employed artist.

Since that time she has exhibited at The Royal Academy, Piccadilly; Agora Gallery in Soho, New York; John Martin Gallery, Piccadilly; The Festival of Naives in Verneuil, France; The Hampshire Art Fairs and solo shows at 9 Langton St, Chelsea and with Masterworks Museum in Bermuda, The Hampshsire Art Fairs, Solo shows at Langton Street Chelsea, Masterworks Museum Bermuda and ING Bank in their headquarters in London and lately in Cork St with her 3 sisters.

Daphne’s work now hangs in Italy, Holland, Spain, the United States, Portugal, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, South Africa, Great Britain and France. Her largest collection of twelve paintings hangs in Lyford Cay, Nassau in the Bahamas, owned by Debby Brice.