I am an artist, based in London, working in the field of drawing, exploring different mark making languages. I am particularly interested in themes of the the material culture of communication, paper culture, and the history and function of surface pattern.


We are becoming an increasingly paperless culture,  encountering, consuming, ignoring, forgetting information at an ever increasing speed and frequency. My work seeks to provide a counterpoint to this, a process of absorption in surface and process, asking questions about transience and permanence.

I am drawn to the forgotten, overlooked and obsolete; messages, images and objects. Mark making can be seen to be a process of attending-to; an attempt to rescue an object or individual from obscurity and create a work that might give others pause to imagine or remember, to transcend the material. 

An object will often present a stimulus or vessel for mark-making, a dialogue with the marks already on their surfaces. Drawn surfaces can become containers and conduits for healing, absorption and contemplation.


BTEC Foundation diploma in Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire (2002-03)

BA Combined Honours in History of Art and Philosophy, University of Durham  (2003-06)

Master's History of Art, University of Oxford (2006-07)


humdrum, curated by Bruce Ingram, The Store Dulwich College, Preview 26th September 2019, until 17th October 2019.

Young Masters Art Prize, 29th September - 5th October 2019, La Galleria Pall Mall

Wells Art ContemporaryWells Cathedral, Somerset, 20th July - 11th August 2019

Warbling Collective: We Can Only Have Fun on Certain Days, Stour Space, Hackney, London, April 2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf (formerly Jerwood) Drawing Prize 2018, touring exhibition, September 2018 - May 2019  

"OverDrawn" Dark Yellow Dot Drawing Prize (awarded first prize), curated by London Drawing Group. Buster Mantis, Deptford, London. March - April 2019 

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, 2018 

RCA Secret exhibition, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Sketch to the Limits, Foyles Gallery London, 2012

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space London and touring exhibition 2011


Shortlist: Young Masters Art Prize, 2019

Parker Harris Mentoring Prize, Wells Art Contemporary, 2019

First Prize: Dark Yellow Dot Drawing Prize (curated by London Drawing Group), 2019

Shortlist: Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Shortlist: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011


Interview in Interalia Magazine: An online magazine dedicated to interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness. March 2019.

Feature on arts writer Ruth Millington's blog, October 22, 2018

Strings, Antler Press,  collaboration with poet Keiran Goddard.

Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing, Jack Southern and Mick Maslen (Black Dog Publishing, 2011) (Contributing artist)

Freelance work______

I have worked on commissions for  private collections.

I have also worked freelance as a surface pattern designer with Ensell and Hall.  


Please get in touch with me at ruthschambers@gmail.com

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