Stephen Farthing RA
Stephen Farthing (b. 1950) currently lives and works between Mexico City and London. He studied at St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Here he was awarded an Abbey Major Scholarship, which took him to The British School at Rome in 1976. In 1990 he became the Ruskin Master at the Ruskin School of Art and Professional Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford until 2000. Farthing has exhibited extensively in solo shows around the world. He has represented Britain at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1989, throughout 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 for eight years. In 1989 Farthing was Artist in Residence at the Hayward Gallery. He was elected Royal Academician in 1998 and in 2000 was made an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
His first book The Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Art, was published by Duckworth in 2000 and he has subsequently gone on to edit many art historical texts. He was Executive Director of the New York Academy of Art from 2000 until 2004, when he was appointed Rootstein Hopkins Research Chair of Drawing at the University of Arts London.