Stephen Farthing RA

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Stephen Farthing (b. 1950) studied at St Martins School of Art, London (1969-73) before taking his Masters Degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (1973-76). Here he received an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to The British School at Rome for a year from 1976.

Stephen Farthing has exhibited extensively in one man shows since his first solo exhibition held at the Royal College of Art Gallery, London in 1977. His work, representing Britain, was shown at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1989, leading to many further solo shows in the UK and abroad, including South America and Japan.

He has also participated in many group exhibitions since 1975, including the John Moores Liverpool Exhibitions, in which he was a Prize Winner in 1976, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1997 and 1999. His drawing has been represented by The Drawing Gallery since 2004, holding a solo show show in 2005 and two consecutive solo exhibitions in 2010 additionally he has participated in a number of group exhibitions since 2004.

Farthing was Artist in Residence at the Hayward Gallery, London in 1989. He was elected Royal Academician in 1998 and in 2000 was made an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was appointed executive director of the New York Academy of Art in 2000. In 2004 he was appointed Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing at The University of the Arts, London. In 2000 he wrote ‘The Intelligent Persons guide to Modern Art’ pubs; Duckworth and in 2009 and 2013 he edited Art The Whole Story and Derek Jarman : Sketchbooks for Thames and Hudson.

His work is represented in museums, galleries, corporate and private collections in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA.

He lives and works in London