Stephen Livingstone used tradition in his landscape works, but is not a traditional landscape painter. Works evolve through concerns with issues such as the impact mankind has had on the land through industry, agriculture, ritual, military, and increasingly with ecology. He works on many collaborative and educational projects, in addition to working with many museum collections such as the British Library and Lindisfarne Gospels.
’Drawing is a major part of my practice. I use natural and found substances as materials – pulverised rock, sludge and dust, the results of rusting and burning and ephemera. I work on paper and metal, I reform rusted objects to give them new life and I remake books to infuse them with new meaning.’