Ian Chamberlain is a Bristol-based artist whose work takes influence from manmade structures.
Ian’s work aims to reinterpret these manmade structures as monuments placed within the landscape. These structures in turn then become monuments of their time. The prints serve as a visual historical document and record places that the artist has visited.
The structures in studies are devoid of people and the architectural scale can no longer be based on the physical measurement of the human body.
Ian has a long standing fascination with technology and architectural forms, these have included structures within: industry, agriculture, science and the military. Locations the artist has gained inspiration from in the past include: Goonhilly Earth Station, The Lovell Telescope, Cheshire Maunsell Sea Forts in the Thames estuary, and the Acoustic Sound Mirrors on the South Kent coast.
Ian is interested in the use of a traditional print processes such as etching being used to record subject matter that is generally at the cutting edge of technology for its time. His aim is to represent and interpret the form and function of these objects, the copper surface is constantly revisited and altered – continually evolving. The etching process has not changed significantly for over 500 years which adds to Ian’s interest in recording new technology using a traditional technique.
Ian has exhibited Nationally and Internationally including shows in: London, Hong Kong, New York, Berlin and Barcelona. He is also a Senior Lecturer in MA Printmaking and BA (Hons) Drawing and Print at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.
1999-2002 MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking UWE, Bristol
1995-1998 BA (Hons) Illustration, UWE, Bristol
2015 Alignment, Anise Gallery, London, UK
2007 Old Vic Theatre, Bristol, UK
2005 Severnshed, Bristol, UK
2015 National Original Print, Bankside Gallery, London, UK
2015 Royal Academy Summer Show, London , UK
2014 Recording Britain / John Ruskin Drawing Prize finalist exhibition, Trinity Wharf, London, UK
2014 Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy, London, UK
2014 Back from the Front / Shock and Awe, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
2014 Recording Britain / John Ruskin Drawing Prize finalist exhibition, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2014 Edition, Edge of Arabia Gallery, London, UK
2012 BITE - Contemporary Print, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2011 Print and Design Now, Bearspace Gallery and SW1 Gallery, London
2009 Drawing Matters, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, UK
2008 Drawing Matters II, Methuen Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
2008 Glasgow International - Artist Book Fair, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
2008 Bristol Contemporary Open, Paintworks, Bristol UK
2008 156th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England, Bristol, UK
2008 Originals 08, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2007 EPPM- Print Exchange, Melbourne, Australia
2007 CODEX, San Francisco, USA
2007 Print Room Gallery, Hampstead, London, UK
2007 Bristol Art Show 07, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, UK
2007 Society of Graphic fine Art - 86thAnnual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, UK
2007 155th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England, Bristol, UK
2007 Printroom Exhibition, New Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
2007 Originals 07, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2006 Cupola 15th Anniversary Open, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2006 Eye Candy, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath, UK
2006 Originals 06, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2005 Imitate Gallery Collection, Manchester, UK
2004 Inspired by the Boxman, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2015 AAF Hampstead - represented by Transistor Gallery, London, UK
2015 AAF Battersea - represented by Transistor Gallery, London, UK
2014 Art.Fair - represented by Anise Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2014 Multiplied Art Fair - represented by Bearspace Gallery, London, UK
2014 Multiplied Art Fair - represented by Spike Print, London, UK
2012 Hong Kong Art Fair - Invited Artist, Hong Kong
2014 Shortlisted for the John Ruskin Drawing Prize
2007 Work of Merit EPPM - Print Exchange, Melbourne, Australia
2007 Merit in Drawing Award – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
Selected Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-printmakers.
2015 – Present: Director of Spike Print Studio, Bristol, UK
2013 – Present: Member of Editions Committee, Spike Print Studio Bristol, UK
2007 - Present: Senior Lecturer in MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking and BA (Hons) Drawing and Print, The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK