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Stephen Farthing

Stephen Farthing studied at St Martin's School of Art, London from 1969 to 1973 before taking his Masters Degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London from 1973 to 1976. Here he received an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to The British School at Rome for a year in 1976.
His extensive teaching career began as a Lecturer in Painting at Canterbury College of Art (1977-9), after which he was a Tutor in painting at the Royal College of Art, London from 1980 to 1985. He went on to become Head of Painting (1985-7) and Head of Department of Fine Art (1987-9) at West Surrey College of Art and Design. From 1990 he was Ruskin Master at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford until 2000, when he moved to New York in order to take the position of Executive Director of The New York Academy of Art, Manhattan.
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.
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 lives and works in New York, USA.

Series featuring Stephen Farthing

  • The Elements of Drawing
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons 9. Creativity Lesson 8. Invention! Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
2 Creative Commons 8. Field Notes Lesson 7. Strategies for collecting information and recording ideas as an aid to memory. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
3 Creative Commons 7. With Colour Lesson 6. The most complex form of drawing. Starting with a pencil outline, the drawing is developed with a brush in clearly defined layers. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
4 Creative Commons 6. Measured Drawing Lesson 5. Making a drawing that is dependent for its success on mathematical accuracy. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
5 Creative Commons 5. Making a Livelier Drawing Lesson 4. Making a livelier drawing, where the line and tone have an energy because they have been applied at speed with a brush. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
6 Creative Commons 4. Toned Paper Lesson 3. How toned paper can be used to provide the mid-tone in a drawing, which records where light and shade fall as a means of picturing an object. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
7 Creative Commons 3. The Edge of the Pencil Lesson 2. We use tone, light, dark and the shades in-between to create illusions of volume and depth. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
8 Creative Commons 2. The Tip of the Pencil Lesson 1. We use line to define spaces and things. It is not a question of magically getting the line right first time, but of first turning a contour into a line, and then systematically correcting that line until it looks right. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
9 Creative Commons 1. Introduction to the Elements of Drawing Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes using John Ruskin's teaching collections to explain the basic principles of drawing. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011