Stephen Chambers

Stephen Chambers, RA
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Stephen Chambers (born 1960) is a British artist and Royal Academician (elected 2005).[1]

Chambers studied at Winchester School of Art from 1978 to 1979 and at Saint Martin's School of Art, from 1979 to 1982. in 1983, he received a master's degree from Chelsea School of Art. He has won many scholarships and awards, including a Rome Scholarship, a Fellowship at Winchester School of Art, and a Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Travelling Award.[2]

From 1998 to 1989, Chambers was the Kettle’s Yard/Downing College Cambridge Fellow.[3] In 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Downing College in the University of Cambridge.[4]

He has exhibited widely, with more than 40 solo presentations, including The Big Country at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 2012,[2] and at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, in 2014.[5]

His work is held in many international collections including Arts Council England; Deutsche Bank, London; Downing College, Cambridge;[6]Government Art Collection, London; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Pera Museum, Istanbul, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.[7]

He has collaborated with Ashley Page and Orlando Gough on three contemporary dance productions for The Royal Ballet, London: Sleeping with Audrey (1996),[8]Room of Cooks (1997,1999),[9] and This House Will Burn (2001).[10]

According to the artist, his work “speaks of states of mind, behaviours and sensibilities.” Critics have praised Chamber’s use of colour and his painterly exploration of his medium.[2]

In May 2017, Chambers staged an exhibition entitled The Court of Redonda[11] as an official collateral event at the Biennale Arte 2017 (Venice Biennale).[12] The exhibition took its name from the literary legend of the Kingdom of Redonda, to which Chambers was introduced by the writings of the Spanish novelist Javier Marías.[13]Following the Venice exhibition, Chambers was awarded the title of Viscount Biennale of Redonda, and his Redondan works featured in 2018 at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge.[14]


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  6. ^ "Stephen Chambers – Collection Database – Kettle's Yard".
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  9. ^ "Room of Cooks - Stephen Chambers RA".
  10. ^ "This House will Burn - Stephen Chambers RA".
  11. ^ "Stephen Chambers and the Kingdom of Redonda: art's biggest in-joke?".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-29. Retrieved 2017-04-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Fay, Interviewed by Sarah. "Javier Marías, The Art of Fiction No. 190".
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