Stephen Farthing RA - Museums of the World

As Bridgeman Copyright artist Stephen Farthing's new show Museums of the World at the Candida Stevens Gallery gets underway, we thought we would turn the spotlight on to the British painter's wonderful work.


Roomeramma Tea, 1983 (oil on canvas), Stephen Farthing RA (b.1950) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

About the artist

Professor Stephen Farthing (b. 1950) graduated with a BA in Fine Art from St Martin’s School of Art in London in 1973 and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London in 1976.

Stephen has exhibited extensively since he held his first solo exhibition at the Royal College of Art Gallery in 1977. He represented Britain at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1989, leading to many further solo shows around the world. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in which he was a Prize Winner on eight occasions.

Portrait of a Lady, 1999 (oil on canvas),  Stephen Farthing RA (b.1950) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


Flat Packed Rothman's, 1976 (acrylic & mixed media on canvas), Stephen Farthing RA (b.1950) / Royal College of Art, London, UK / Bridgeman Images


About his work

Farthing's work as a painter sits midway between the conservative and the cutting edge between a classical and radical painting.

Professor Stephen Farthing is also a scholar and writer of art history books as well as being and artist, knowledge that he often references in his paintings. He once described his work in a 2005 interview, saying "I have dined with the devil in terms of becoming a modern artist. I have taken hold of history, tried to understand it—and then used and abused it".

Florence, 1989 (oil on canvas), Stephen Farthing RA (b.1950) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images


About the exhibition

Museums of the World is a collection of 19 paintings produced between 2015-2017, of the interiors of public and private museums around the world. They were inspired by his involvement with British museums including the Royal Academy and the Ashmolean, and by years of travelling the world as the husband of an American diplomat. The work combines a probing look at the history of collecting.

The Museum of Gifts, Chichester, 2017, by Stephen Farthing RA / Image copyright of Candida Stevens Gallery


Find out More

Untitled - Stephen Farthing RA - The Bridgeman Folio

Stephen Farthing's limited edition print available for purchase as part of The Brideman Folio.

See more images by Stephen Farthing RA on the Bridgeman website available for licensing. More available on request. 

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