The Talking Trees of England: The Tears of Lament

by Stephen Chambers RA

This limited edition print by Stephen Chambers was produced to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. As part of the Multiple Thoughts exhibition, it is on show in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy from 27 April–10 September 2018.


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Artwork details

Artist Stephen Chambers RA
Colour Green/Multicolour
Dimensions 28 x 33cm
Fabric & material Etching
Edition 40
Medium Print
Supplier VAT Number GB 977896230

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Artwork description

Printmaking has always been central to Stephen Chambers’ artistic output. Using a distinctive visual language he depicts enigmatic characters often inspired by those who reside in the pages of fiction or from various eras of history. The Tears of Lament, 2018, is one of his new series, The Talking Trees of England, which includes four small-scale prints that explore the personification of trees. They were produced at Nutmeg Studios in south east London. Chambers’ trees are knowing and mischievous; they provide shelter, or a place to hide, and represent longevity and the great tradition of the English countryside. In the artist’s own words, ‘I have often thought that if a tree could talk it would have multiple tales to tell. They have hearts, limbs and crowns after all.’

All proceeds from sales of this work go directly to support the non-profit-making areas of the Royal Academy, particularly the RA Schools.

About Stephen Chambers RA

Stephen Chambers RA trained at Central St Martin's and Chelsea School of Art in London and graduated with a Masters from Chelsea School of Art in 1983. He won many scholarships and awards, including a Rome Scholarship, a Fellowship at Winchester School of Art, and a Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Travelling Award.

Chambers has previously collaborated on three dance projects with the Royal Ballet: 'Sleeping... Go to artist page