Stephen Chambers RA
Stephen Chambers was born in London and lives and works both in London and Berlin. Stephen is a painter, who makes a lot of prints. These two practices run alongside one another but each has its own identity and reason. He trained as a painter, coming to printmaking after leaving art school. His printmaking practice crosses between various processes. As he says, he begins with the idea, and then decides how to articulate it. The printed work is made in various workshops, with the prints made being a confluence of the artist, the process, and the master printer.
Whilst much is made of Stephen’s use of colour and pattern in the prints, the drawing within them is fundamental. The ‘handwriting’ of the idea is, as he says, what makes or breaks the work.
Much of his graphic work appears as series of prints. These are made in intense block of time, and contain their own identity. Noted series include The Long Feast 2010 My Shitty Sisters 2011, Trouble Meets Trouble 2012, Life and Loves of Casanova 2014, The Talking Trees of England 2017, The Occupants, 2017 and Stealing Shadows 2018. Selected recent solo museums exhibitions include The Court of Redonda at The Heong Gallery, Downing College, Cambridge (2018), The Court of Redonda at the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017), The Big Country & Other Stories at Pera Museum, Istanbul (2014) and The Big Country at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012).
His work is held in many public collections including British Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council, Royal Art Collection (all in London), Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Bibliotheque National (France), The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (New York), Museum Meermanno (The Hague), National Museum of Art (Beijing).
In 2005 he was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and in 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Downing College, Cambridge University.