B. Lucy Stevens is an internationally recognized mixed-media artist living in Providence, Rhode Island. Lucy paints intuitively, and her work is vibrant and expressionistic as daily life is imagined in a brilliant cacophony of color and pattern with deeply affecting results. She is inspired by primitive and outsider art and her far-flung travels, from South America, to Indonesia to the South of France, where she lived for a year on a flower farm.
Lucy leads art workshops for children in underserved communities and for adults with developmental disabilities, and she is hugely inspired by their art as well.
Life comes at me all at once, and making art enables me see the world clearly with all its confusion, wonder and beauty. This is what I try to capture in my paintings, and what I want people to see, and feel, when they look at them.
Writing used to be my way of expressing myself — I was a newspaper reporter, a fiction writer, a college professor– but then words became like dough that stuck to my fingers. So now I paint and draw and make things, stuff I used to do as a kid. Like I’ve come back to myself. My paintings are everything I think and feel and witness, everything I find funny and sad and absurd. They are my offering of myself to the world.
“I found the work of a new artist from Rhode Island, B. Lucy Stevens, to be original and refreshing. She has the vision, and is edgy. Very brute and beautiful work.”
— Cher Shaffer, Folk Art Society
2017 Resistance Works, Lyra Gallery, Providence, RI
2016 Thereby Hangs A Tale, Museum of Oxford, Oxford, England
2016 HAF International Doodle Show
2016 “Bus Stop,” solo show, The Studios of Key West , Key West, FL
2015 Carre D ‘Artistes, New York, Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, London
2014 “Opposites,” Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
2014 “Neo-Outsiders,” Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ
2014 “Tell Me Where I Am,” solo show, Dryden Gallery, Providence, RI
2014 Fearington Folk Art Show, Durham, NC
2013 NAMA (New Art, New Artists) Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
2013 “Five,” group Show, Grimshaw-Gudewiscz Gallery, Fall River, MA
2013 “I EAT ART,” Outsider Art Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ
2012 “Contained”, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Pawtucket, RI
2012 Juror’s Award, Grimmshaw-Gudewiscz Gallery, Fall River, MA
2011 Juried Show, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
2011 “Past, Present and Future,” Pawtucket Arts, Collaborative, Pawtucket, RI
2010 “The Toy Show,” Outsider Art Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ
2010 Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY
2009 “The French Postcard,” Outsider Art Gallery,Frenchtown, NJ
2008 REBEL HQ Gallery, solo show, Providence, RI
2008 “Nursery Rhymes,” Outsider Art, Frenchtown NJ
2008 “Providence Art Windows,” Providence, RI