Maurice Stevens

Artist and Illustrator

I studied at the Hornsey School of Art where I gained NDD Illustration. My ambition was to become an illustrator. This soon gave way to the lure of the advertising industry when I worked abroad in Canada and America as an art director with ad agency Leo Burnett. My role entailed the visualizing of advertisements for magazines and newspaper ads using colourful ‘magic markers’ and layout pads - also, the frequent drawing of storyboards for television commercials. This was followed by my debut as a film director shooting commercials and documentary subjects. I returned to my homeland England during the1970s to continue working in film and television. Throughout my career I have combined film work with intermittent freelance activity as an illustrator and cartoonist. and have exhibited paintings and drawings at a variety of art galleries, including the Imperial War Museum. I lectured at The Art Institute of Chicago and as a guest tutor at several UK art colleges and most recently I taught at the Brighton Film School. I currently work in the cosy environment of my small garden ‘beach hut’ studio in West Sussex.