Stephen Bainbridge

Stephen Bainbridge

Stephen is 65 years old and was born in Leicester. He taught in Buckinghamshire for thirty-six years before retiring to move to the North, initially living in Cumbria before moving to Newton Aycliffe where he now lives with his wife Shelagh.

Stephen has worked in the acrylic medium for forty years, initially developing techniques under the tutelage of the professional artist Noel Gregory. His pictures often reflect his lifelong passion for the days of steam railways, but he also has produced works of other technical subjects and landscapes. His works have also featured in magazines and have been used in historical text books. In his works he always aims to produce paintings that are detailed and technically accurate while portraying the atmosphere of the days of steam.

Following his successes in the south, his art is becoming increasingly well-known and recognised, initially in Cumbria with exhibitions in Appleby and Carlisle, and now in Durham and the North East.

Having spent many happy hours at Peterborough and Grantham in his youth Stephen has a particular interest in Sir Nigel Gresley and his locomotives. He is a member of the Gresley Society, for whom he has produced paintings for their 2012 and 2013 Christmas cards, the LNER Society and The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Preservation Group. Stephen is also a member of the North York Moors Railway and The Friends of the Settle – Carlisle Line.

Now living close to ‘Locomotion’ has allowed Stephen to spend time painting at the museum and he hopes to forge further links to the museum and to other railway centres in the future.