About Stephen Kinder:

My paintings walk the line between representation and abstracted elements. I have always found great comfort in the landscape, an association or strong alliance between myself and the land travelled.  I have become more in tune with the ever-changing weather and seasons that so dramatically change the scene.

My work intends to be a reaction to the essence of a place.  Some of my paintings are based from instinctive drawing ‘en plein air’ while other work derives from a memory or instinctive reaction to a place visited. 

Often I find inspiration from fast compositional studies drawn in situ, which starts the process of understanding the place.  Conversely, sometimes I re-visit sites time and again, and it is through this exploration and adventure that I develop a deeper understanding of the landscape and what it is that connects with me.  I am a self-taught painter having used it in my studies of landscape Architecture and Urban design. I have exhibited both in London and in Surrey for many years and am currently Head of Creative Arts at Priors Field School, Godalming.

2019 Highlights

 Prideux Gallery– Winter  Exhibition - three paintings exhibited


 solo show of 30 paintings titled ‘Earth, sky and sea' 

Clyde and Co, Selected exhibition of work for Surrey Arts.  February 

Group show of five artists

OKO Gallery– Represented on their website and was part of three Successful Gallery Exhibitions in 2019

Galerie du Monde ‘made in Britain’ Exhibition  - one of five artists

AppArt Exhibtion 2019 – three paintings exhibited in a prestigious national exhibition.


Summer  Open Studio 


Group Exhibition of work at Godalming Museum


Work hung at Acorns restaurant, Godalming, Natters Café and the landings in West Wittering.

6 large painting Commissions 


other highlights

Other Short-listed & 'Deemed' for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition twice

Short-listed for the NAtional Open Art Competition

pre-selected for the royal institute of Oil painters.

regular exhibitor of The App Art Exhibition

Solo Shows of Paintings yearly

Surrey Arts show & have been a member of the Surrey Open studios 

Member of the Farnham Arts Society 

Former member of the guildford and Haslemere Arts Society