Ian Chamberlain’s work takes its influence from man-made structures. Reinterpreting them as monuments placed within the landscape, these objects in turn become landmarks of their time.
The etchings serve as a visual historical document and record. As the River Thames and Mersey’s Maunsell Sea Forts are slowly subjected to persistent erosion, Ian’s prints become a documentation, capturing the moment in time before the inevitable occurs.
Using the traditional print process of etching, 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 significantly altered for over 500 years which adds to Ian’s interest in recording new technology with a traditional process.
Though Ian’s practice focuses largely on his various encounters with architectural and technological features.
Ian has exhibited extensively within the UK and internationally, his work has featured in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition over several years as well as in Hong Kong, New York, Barcelona and Berlin. He was also shortlisted for the 2014 John Ruskin drawing prize, The Aesthetica Art prize 2015 and Shortlisted for the Jerwood drawing prize in 2017.
He is a Senior Lecturer in MA Printmaking and Drawing and Print at the University of the West of England, Bristol.