Stephen Thorpe was born in Margate, UK in 1981, and graduated in 2010 from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen with a First Class Honours degree in Painting. Upon graduating, he received the Alexandrina McKenzie Legacy and the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) New Contemporaries Award. At the New Contemporaries 2011 exhibition he was awarded the (RSA) Sir William Gillies Bequest and the (RSA) The Skinny Award. His work begins with the intention of representing space, drawing on childhood memories and places to create an array of visual imagery, acting as mirrors designed to unsettle one’s own sense of perceived reality. Stephen was the winner of our Places and Spaces Showdown, and has just won a place to do an MA at London's Royal College of Art. Congratulations!