Norman Stevens was part of the so-called ‘Bradford Mafia’, a group of working-class artists including his best friend David Hockney, who enjoyed early success in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Born in Bradford in 1937, Stevens’s childhood was marked by the contraction of polio aged two, and the separation of his parents two years later. At Bradford Regional College of Art, Stevens befriended David Hockney, John Loker, David Oxtoby and Michael Vaughan. Stevens was the first of the group to win a place at the Royal College of Art in 1957. He graduated in 1961, and taught painting at various colleges of art, initially at Manchester and then at Maidstone and Hornsey.
Stevens holidayed in America with Hockney and friends in 1965, and again in 1969. It was also around this time that Stevens taught himself the techniques of printmaking. His lithographs of louvered shutters won instant acclaim. Stevens ultimately made his name as one of the leading printmakers of his generation.
In 2014, the Royal Academy staged a retrospective of his prints, whilst Bradford College put on a large-scale show of paintings and prints spanning three decades.
Norman Stevens's Estate is represented by the Redfern Gallery.