Dimensions: 158cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 36cm (D) / 62.2" (H) x 23.6" (W) x 14.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
“The idea for the Botanical cabinet stems from a walking holiday on the Portuguese island of Madeira early in 2019. Strong green and yellow hand-dyed veneers reflect lush vegetation and verdant forests, and a ‘levada’ theme is represented by a thin irregular green band around the sides and tops of the cabinet. Thin strips of veneer on the doors are manipulated to show the rise and fall of the hills and mountains in the interior of the island, and the pattern is laid over an undulating surface to enhance this notion. The surface finish has been kept deliberately coarse and rough to the touch, as is the nature of a wilderness, and the coloured veneers are set against deep brown fumed burr oak to create areas of dark and shade found in the forest. The colour themes continue to the inside of the cabinet with delicate drawer handles repeating the
colours of the doors and lustrous green hand-dyed figured sycamore giving the impression of leaves and fern-like growth. Combining these with the fumed oak interior creates an intimate and seductive inner space, which is arranged with two small dovetailed drawers, two adjustable glass shelves, and illuminated by unobtrusive LED lights operated by a switch below the cabinet.”
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Based in: Wimbledon
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. He takes inspiration from the natural landscape and by reinterpreting classical art motifs.
He trained at Winchester as an art and design teacher, studying under tutors who had learned their craft with the Barsnley furniture company. He started his own furniture making company in 1992 making unique bespoke pieces for individual clients and galleries. He moved the workshop to its current location in Wimbledon, London in 1997. In addition to the large furniture pieces he has become known for he also focusses his experience and craft skills to create wall-hanging art pieces and decorative boxes. 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.
The tantalizing tipping point between a simple collection of coloured squares and an identifiable image has always fascinated me; as the eye takes in the work, the mind tries to organize the image into a recognizable object or impression. The viewer moves closer, then withdraws, squints and tilts their head as an image begins to explain itself, sometimes immediately, sometimes evolving at a gentler pace as the composition is dwelt upon.”
He only works in sustainable temperate timbers, such as oak and sycamore, and uses veneers such as burr oak, which is a very ecologically sound way of making the most of a precious resource. The burr oak is sometimes 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.
2019 – Future Icons, The Goldsmiths Centre, London
2019 – The Future of Craft, Oxo Tower, London
2019 – Decorex International, London UK
2018 – Decorex International, London UK
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
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
2014 – Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Design Award
2012 – Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Design Award
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, online 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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