ABOUT

 

 

I am constantly excited by materials and the possibilities, opportunities and energy they bring to the studio.  I am addicted to making, re-defining, re-exploring and solving space.

 

My work playfully references sculpture, design, painting and architecture; but constantly returns to the experience and adventure of actually seeing and making - the journey. Simplistic architectural forms suggest function andallow the viewer an introduction, a pathway to look further and be seduced by the painterly play.

 

Each facet collides with the next at perpendicular angles. Convergences of colour, pattern and subtle reflections create an interplay between the surfaces of the objects themselves as well as the environment in which they exist.

 

Material and colour are playfully but deliberately used to enrapture the viewer yet toy with their expectations of 3-dimensional forms. Visually arresting yet teasingly suggestive of function, the objects challenge the hierarchy of sculpture itself.

Architectural forms suggest baroque simplicity; their utilitarian scale invites interaction and flirts with function; their mischievous use of colour and surface seduces the viewer into playful familiarity and allows the space for contemplation.

 

The elephant in the room is a colourful and beguiling one, and you simply can't take your eyes of it.

 

I am open to commissions. Please feel free to contact me with your proposals.

EXHIBITIONS & INSTALLATIONS

 

QUIETLY SHOUTING LONDON Solo Exhibition Hackney, February 2017

 

QUIETLY SHOUTING, Solo Exhibition Christ’s Hospital, Sussex, October 2016

 

ART MATTERS, Christs Hospital, Sussex, October 2016

 

KANADA YA RESTAURANT, Bespoke furniture commission, Soho, October 2016

 

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK, Site specific installation. Sponsored by Stirling OSB, May 2014

 

OMBRA AWARDS, Winner of Ombra Award for Innovation with "Hackney Gothic" Selected for 100% Design Icon Design Trail magazine, September 2013

 

OMBRA CHAMPIONS, Curator and exhibitor, “Just Another Point of View” large scale site specific sculpture, Vyner St, East London. Sponsored by Formica and 100% Design Icon Design Trail magazine.

September 2012

 

OMBRA SELECTS, Curator and exhibitor, “Viewpoint” large scale site specific sculpture that protruded 4m out of OMBRA window, over Regents Canal. September 2011

 

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK, Commissioned by Material Lab, to design a set of sculptural chairs for trade stand at Britains largest Independent design show. May 2011

 

CENTERING ON THE PERIPHERY, Curator and exhibitor at No Name No Number Gallery, East London, October 2010

EXPERIENCE

SENIOR LECTURER IN FINE ART, UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

Sept 2002 - July 2017

 

  • Specialism Leader in Fine Art and Head of Art History and Contextual Studies (Foundation)
  • Solely responsible for organisation and implementation of the  annual Foreign trips involving up to 86 students per year
  • Responsible for 3-D workshop inductions, and H&S
  • Teaching life drawing across the Foundation & Degrees
  • Responsible for continual assessments across Foundation specialisms (Fine Art, 3-D, Graphics, Illustration, Fashion)
  • Organising and construction of all exhibtion/installation spaces for Foundation students
  • Dissertation supervision and marking
  • Organisation and installation of Freerange London 2011 - 2016

 

 

FREELANCE EXHIBITION TECHNICIAN, LONDON

2002 - Present

 

  • Commissions for 100% Design & Clerkenwell Design Week, London Rokeby art gallery and Basel Art Fair
  • Marconi Gallery, Milan at Frieze Art Fair. Freerange, brick lane, London Paintings Adviser: The Apothecaries Hall, London.
  • Royal London Hospital, museum & archives.
  • Re-installed Elephant Man skeleton and re-installation of Courtauld Institute work.

 

 

OTHER RELEVANT PROJECTS, LONDON

July 2000-Present

 

  • Solely designed and built own house in Hackney which was nominated for RIBA award 2008, and short listed for Grand Designs Live
  • Numerous bespoke furniture commissions. Consultation, design, build and install;

STUDIES

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE,  M.Phil. (Public Art& Design) 1988-9

 

GLOS. COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY, BA(HONS) Fine Art, Painting, 1984-87

 

NORWICH SCHOOL OF ART, Foundation, 1983-84

 

 

 

RUSSELL BAMBER