Kevin Stamper MSDC

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About Kevin
Kevin Stamper is an abstract artist and furniture maker. He works in solid wood and veneers and specialises in hand-dyed veneer to create bright and colourful abstract designs.
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Kevin Stamper works in wood and wood veneers and uses form, colour and texture as the key elements of his work. He pushes the boundaries of what is normally achievable with the medium of solid wood and wood veneers, utilizing the nature of the material to add drama to his compositions.

After a recent back injury, he has moved away from making the large furniture pieces he has become known for and now focusses on using his experience and craft skills to create abstract wall-hanging art pieces. The new work is an extension of his practice in furniture and is made to the same exacting standards but allows for a much greater degree of freedom and experimentation.

“As a natural material, timber has an energy of its own and after years of trying to accommodate and control this force, I now relish the notion that the wood will twist, warp, split and crack of its own accord, creating new and dynamic shapes and textures. I give the work a starting point and a general direction in which to proceed, the material then takes over and finds its own path to completion.”

He mainly works in two timber types, burr oak and plain sycamore. The burr oak is fumed with ammonia to give it a deep brown tone that makes it sometimes hard to identify on first sight; viewers have confused it with beaten steel and old leather amongst other things. The sycamore is hand-dyed using dyes that allow the natural grain patterns of the wood to shine through and add lightness to the composition when cut into squares and arranged in pixelated patterns. The juxtaposition of the deep brown oak and the brightly coloured sycamore squares creates a vivid landscape which the viewer can reflect upon and interpret in their own time. By its nature, the work is very tactile with undulating waves and contrasting textures in the rough open grained oak and the smooth polished sycamore inviting the viewer to touch and feel the warmth of the material. All pieces are finished with a very clear acrylic lacquer which protects the timber and helps to prevent the colours fading in sunlight.

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Solo Exhibitions

2018 – The Other Art Fair, Bristol, UK

2018 – Artrooms Roma, Rome, Italy

2017 – Kevin Stamper, 67 York Street Gallery, London, UK

2016 – Kevin Stamper, Plateaux Gallery at Thomas Goode, Mayfair, London, UK

2016 – Kevin Stamper, Luxury Made, Olympia, London, UK

2015 – Kevin Stamper, Design Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

Kevin Stamper, Artifex Gallery, Birmingham UK

Group Exhibitions

2017 – Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

Future Icons Winter Showcase, 67 York Street Gallery, London, UK

2016 – Society of Designer Craftsman Summer Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2015 – 21st Century Design, The Millinery Works, Islington, UK

2014 - Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham, UK

2013 – 21st Century Design, The Millinery Works, Islington, UK

Awards

2014 – Design award 2nd place, Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham, UK

2012 – Design award 1st place, Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, Cheltenham, UK

Publications

2018 – Encyclopaedia of Woodworking, Jeremy Broun, Quarto Books

2018 – The Craft of Veneering, Craig Thibodeau, Taunton Press

2018 – Christie’s Real Estate Magazine, review of artwork and furniture, UK

Succede Oggi, Rome, Italy, review of artwork, Italy

2017 – Confessions of a Design Geek, on line magazine, interview with Kevin Stamper, UK

2016 – Sphere Magazine (Autumn) Influencer, Purple Grain, interview with Kevin Stamper, UK

House and Garden (October), Blurred Lines, UK

2015 – Wall Street Journal, Furniture to Dye For, interview with Kevin Stamper, Ruth Bloomfield, Newspaper, USA

2014 – Furniture and Cabinet Making, 20 minutes with Kevin Stamper, Magazine, UK

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