For more than 35 years New Zealand based artist, Stephen Bambury has maintained a commitment to international abstraction in an aesthetic practice that considers paintings as objects to be experienced and contemplated.
Bambury attended the University of Auckland (Elam) School of Fine Arts (1972-1975) and later developed a series of works in the early 1980s that explored formal relationships through complementary joined canvases. Bambury’s paintings continue to draw attention to their colour, form, space and surfaces, playing symmetry and dualities against one another.
In 1989, Bambury received the Moët et Chandon Fellowship, studying in France and responding to the work of Kasimir Malevich, utilising similar geometric symbols. Bambury’s paintings from this period consciously celebrated the modernist traditions his practice belong to.
Bambury has works in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.