26 September—10 December 2008
In the Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends of the Royal Academy
Stephen Chambers RA, Of Talking Lust I (detail), 2005. Monotype, 35.5 x 40.5 cm / 14 x 16 in
Stephen Chambers RA trained at Central St Martins and Chelsea School of Art and has held solo and group shows in galleries across the world including a large retrospective in the Frissiras Museum, Athens in 2002. His work is in many public and private collections, both in the UK and abroad. He was elected as a Royal Academician in 2005.
This exhibition follows a substantial solo show of prints at Northumbria University Gallery earlier this year and will include a selection of print mediums; etchings published by Flowers Graphics and printed with Hope Sufferance and Thumbprint Studios, monotypes made at Scuola di Grafica de Venizia, Italy and new prints in collaboration with Paupers Press, London. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition of new paintings in the chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge from 18 October as part of the Cambridge Festival.
Chambers values the accessibility of prints, the fact that an edition of etchings will go out into the world and reach more people than a painting may. And then printmaking feeds back continuously into his painting. As he says: ‘Whatever I’m doing there is that sailing between trying to make things as perfect as possible, but with an eye to the fact that perfection is actually rather boring. It’s the gap between my creative shortfall and complete harmony which is interesting. It’s that bit of gravel beneath the rhinoceros’ skin that becomes crucial.’*
In association with Flowers, London
Open to the public daily 4-6pm
Fridays until 10pm
All the prints in the exhibition are for sale (framed and unframed versions). Please enquire at the Friends Desk or call 020 7300 5741 Mon-Fri.
* Adapted from the forthcoming monograph on Stephen Chambers by Andrew Lambirth, to be published in November 2008 by Unicorn Press.