Stephen Chambers was elected as a Royal Academician in 2005 in the category of printmaker, and he is also very highly esteemed as a painter. Chambers works collaboratively with a number of print studios to make work in a range of print media. There is a sense of narrative present in his work which is universal, timeless and reflective of the human condition. Chambers' work is visually rich with intense colours, clean lines and intricate textures. The exhibition features a selection of his recentscreenprints, etchings, woodcuts and lithographs with a new edition of etchings made with Nutmeg Editions.
Chambers 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 Frissaras Museum, Athens in 2002. His work is in many public and private collections, both in the UK and abroad. In August 2015 Chambers was awarded an honorary fellowship by Downing College, Cambridge.
Speaking in 2006 about his work which featured in the opening exhibition at Northern Print's current gallery and print studio in Ouseburn, Chambers said,
‘I produce prints because the process demands that I think in a different way from painting. Prints are made at another speed, monotypes in particular. Whereas paintings are coaxed, nurtured and brought forth, the prints spill from my head, down my arm and onto a surface; they are playgrounds for invention.’