Christchurch-born Bambury moved to Auckland where he graduated in 1972 with his Honours in Fine Arts from Elam. On two occasions he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Grant which allowed him to travel to North America during the 1980’s. He then was awarded an artist in residence at Victoria College in Melbourne and then in Champagne, France. Bambury has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in Germany, Slovenia, New Zealand, Australia and France. He now lives and works in Auckland.