Approved: 10.02.2009

Stephen Felmingham

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 10.02.2009

Plane wreckage falls from the sky after fifty years; enigmatic objects are found littering the earth; the cockpit is a riddle of dials impervious to interpretation. Stephen Felmingham works with a vocabulary of motifs and materials that carry a weight of meaning: ash, gold, lead, beeswax and salt, while drawing with soot, ash and rottenstone to produce drawings and objects. His work

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  • Location: Plymouth, South West
  • Activities: Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Workshops, Private commissions, Critical writing
  • Categories: Drawing
 
 

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    Biography

    Plane wreckage falls from the sky after fifty years; enigmatic objects are found littering the earth; the cockpit is a riddle of dials impervious to interpretation. Stephen Felmingham works with a vocabulary of motifs and materials that carry a weight of meaning: ash, gold, lead, beeswax and salt, while drawing with soot, ash and rottenstone to produce drawings and objects. His work begins in the Cold War bunkers of the Royal Observer Corps, in the landscapes of East Anglia, bringing together strands of an enquiry that uncovers a sublime in tension with the everyday; the uncanny; the phenomenology of perception; issues of place and psychoanalysis. This field work proceeds through drawing in situ, drawing from objects retrieved temporarily from the sites and from photographs. Stephen Felmingham studied at Middlesex University and the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon); he completed an MA in Drawing at Wimbledon in 1999 and a practice-led PhD at the University of Leeds in 2014. He is an active member of the LAND2 Research Network and is represented in Switzerland by Galerie Lucy Macintosh, Lausanne. He writes and reviews on drawing and fine art pedagogy and has contributed a chapter to a forthcoming publication 'In the Ruins of the Cold War Bunker: Materiality, Affect and Meaning-Making' (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2009 - Practice-led Phd: Drawing, Place and the Contemporary Sublime, University of Leeds, 
    2008 - Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Leeds
    1999 - MA Drawing in Fine Art Practice, Wimbledon School of Art, London
    1992 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Middlesex University, London

    Solo exhibitions

    2014- The Violet Club at PCA Gallery, Plymouth (solo show)
    2012 - Peripheral Artifacts, Luborimov-Easton Gallery, Deptford, London
    2012 - touching:clear, Galerie Lucy Macintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland
    2011 - Tocsin Bang - Recent drawings, Union105 Gallery, Leeds


    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Imagined Landscapes at the RWA, Bristol 
    2015/6 -Collateral Drawing at UCS, Ipswich (with Sarah Lucas, Ryan Gander, Matthew Darbyshire, Matthew Collings)
    2015-  Recent Drawings at Plymouth Theatre Royal Gallery (with Joseph Hillier)
    2010 - Supermarket - Stockholm Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
    2009 - The Space Between, Surrounds our Desire, The Event 09, Birmingham
    2007 - The Ninth Plinth, Leeds Art Fair, Leeds
    2005 - Red October, SevenSeven Contemporary Art, London, E2

    Curated projects
    2009 - The Space Between, Surrounds our Desire, Axis curated selection - Mona Casey, http://www.axisweb.org/atSelection.aspx?AID=2359

    Competitions, prizes and awards
    2010 - Celeste Art Prize 2010 Finalist, Celeste Art Prize, New York
    2009 - Shortlisted - Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009, Jerwood Space, London
    1999 - Winner of the Wimbledon School of Art Post-Graduate Drawing Prize, Wimbledon School of Art, London

    Educational experience - tertiary
    2012 - Programme Leader BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art
    Associate Lecturer (Drawing) , University College Falmouth, Falmouth 2012
    Visiting Lecturer BA Art and Design, University of Leeds, Leeds 2009
    Visiting Lecturer BA (Hons) and MA Fine Art, Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich Lecturer BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds College of Art, Leeds 2004-2011