Ian Chamberlain Drawings and Prints


I begin each project with an intense enquiry through on-site observation and drawing. Through visiting these locations I can develop my own subjective emotional response. This, combined with factual research and first-hand experience create a sense of place. The subject itself is then removed from its surroundings and the familiar. The structures are shown devoid of the human figure so that architectural scale cannot be based on the physical measurements of the human body. This ambiguity adds to the sense of the monumental and projects a feeling of the iconic.

I begin by finding my way around the subject, evaluating the form through the use of light and dark in quick charcoal studies. These are then taken into the studio where, if required, more sustained studies incorporating finer lines are made. The continuation of the drawing element is an integral part of my process. This can be seen in the evidence of the drawings within the continually-changing hierarchy. Drawing plays a vital role allowing me to investigate a place through an organic evolution of recording  the interlinking processes of drawing and printmaking.