Greater Manchester art gallery Atelier Rose and Gray has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Stephen Chambers, the internationally renowned artist and Royal Academician, to create a large scale limited edition silkscreen called ‘Oceania’ that will be launched later this month at the Contemporary Istanbul art fair.
This is the first time a North West gallery has secured this kind of publishing deal with such a high profile artist.
The limited edition work, which is a six panel silkscreen in a series of Perspex boxes, is taken from Chambers’ critically acclaimed and large scale work, ‘The Big Country’, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 2012. Just twelve will be produced and sold to collectors around the world.
Stephen Chambers studied at Winchester School of Art and then at St Martin’s School of Art. He graduated with a Masters from Chelsea School of Art in 1983. Chambers 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. Besides his painting and printmaking, Chambers has also collaborated on three dance projects with the Royal Ballet.
His most recent major project was The Court of Redonda, a large portrait series shown first in Venice during the 2017 Biennale, and subsequently at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge. His work is held in many major collections including Deutsche Bank London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Clifford Chance London and the Government Art Collection.
Chris Brooks, owner and curator at Atelier Rose and Gray, commented: “Stephen is one of the UK’s leading artists so we are delighted to be publishing this work with him. It’s also a real coup for a North West gallery which we are incredibly proud of.”
Stephen Chambers added: “I have worked with Chris for sometime so was delighted to collaborate with him on this project.”