Stephen Chambers studied at Winchester School of Art from 1978 to 1979 and then at St Martin’s School of Art from 1979 to 1982. He graduated with a Masters from Chelsea School of Art in 1983. Chambers won many scholarships and awards, including a Rome Scholarship, a Fellowship at Winchester School of Art, and a Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Travelling Award. Recently, he has collaborated on three dance projects with the Royal Ballet: Sleeping with Audrey (1996), Room of Cooks (1997, 1999) and This House Will Burn (2001). 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.
Most recently, exhibitions of his works have been held at the RA in 2012, and Ca’ Dandolo in Venice.
“I am particularly urban but spent much of my childhood holidays at Cranborne Chase in Wiltshire, where, because I had elder sisters I was dragged off to learn to ride from the age of four. When I feature them in my work I think there is an element of regressing back to that time.
I like horses’ mixture of the feral and the domesticated but I am really rather scared of them; my pretend ones would have indicators and be sturdy and loyal.
Most of the horses I paint or draw look actually more like mules or donkeys.”
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