Photo: Stephen Felmingham in Plymouth, South West

Stephen Felmingham

Artist, Lecturer / academic

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 a member of the LAND2 Research Network and is represented in Switzerland by Galerie Lucy Macintosh, Lausanne.

Location Plymouth, South West
Activities Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Workshops, Private commissions, Critical writing
Artforms / type of project Drawing

News & Events

  • Stephen Felmingham: Recent Drawings at the Theatre Royal Gallery, Plymouth

    Showing with sculptor Joseph Hillier, Stephen Felmingham is exhibiting work from the Transition series as well as new drawings. Opening on May 18th until January 2016 :Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR

  • PCA Gallery Shorts programme

    Recently posted, a short film made in response to the Violet Club exhibition at the PCA Gallery in January 2014: http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/latest/blog/gallery-shorts-stephen-felmingham/

  • The Violet Club

    08/01/2014 – 01/02/2014
    Plymouth College of Art Gallery

    Stephen Felmingham presents a new body of work made in response to the Cold War bunkers of the Royal Observer Corps that still exist, abandoned, across the UK.

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  • Peripheral Artifacts

    29/11/2013 – 21/12/2013
    Luborimov-Easton Gallery

    Peripheral Artifacts - recent drawings

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