Stephen Brandesí intricate and complex drawings are executed in differing scales and on unexpected surfaces, with a large influx of various drawing styles and influences.
One recent body of work stemmed from a visual diary he made during a recreation of his grandmotherís flight through Europe to escape from the pogroms in Romania. Interweaving this history with his own experience and invention he uses the pictorial language of European fairytales, American comics and 1960s Czechoslovakian animation. His work represents fantastical, dysfunctional landscapes that suggest the imagined places of history and fairytales, but from a distinctly suburban viewpoint.
His work is represented in the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection, and the Office of Public Works, Ireland. Stephen Brandes is represented by the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.