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 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: Sleeping with Audrey (1996), Room of Cooks (1997, 1999) and This House Will Burn (2001). Chambers has said that his work “speaks of
Chambers recent solo exhibitions include: 'The Big Country' at The Royal Academy, London 2012, 'The Big Country & Other Stories', a retrospective at The Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2014 and 'The Gangs of New York' at Galerie Frank Pages, Geneva, 2015.
Chamber's 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. Chambers has a long association with Downing College, having been Artist in Residence at Kettle’s Yard in 1998. He also received an Honorary Fellowship from Downing College in 2016.
His work is held in many private and public collections; including The British Museum, The Royal Academy, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, The National Museum of Art, China, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Stephen has designed three sets for The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden.
He was elected a Royal Academician in 2005.