As an Interior Design Consultant and Visual Artist I am able to expand on my creative side and my love of colour into my abstract and expressionistic paintings.
Although I am a professional artist and I’ve had exhibitions and sales of my art, I consider myself a perpetual student always learning and exploring new techniques and new art media.
In past years I have worked mainly in pastel but my main focus now is acrylic and mixed media enabling my techniques to evolve and add to my repertoire of skills.
Even in my own practice, I am forever experimenting and challenging myself. I am constantly in search of new media and modes of expression, since, as an abstract artist I feel it is essential to have a fresh visceral connection with new media and materials.
At the present time, along with my abstract work I am experimenting with combining abstract expressionism and realism to create unique works.
I innately express my personal cultural and autobiographical references during the spontaneous process of the creation of my art. “Imperfections add interest which, perhaps, ironically, possesses their own beauty and perfection.”
Although there is a certain amount of forethought put into my compositions or designs, conceptually my work is very process oriented in that as a child I enjoyed lying in the grass and watching images form in the clouds and this has inspired me to see beyond what is tangible. Meaning, I begin my artwork with a plan… if I see an image emerge in the texture I will adapt to it and incorporate it into my work rather than changing it to suit my original idea.
My 20+ years of experience in the design industry is where I developed this process which is methodical for planning and letting process take over.
My studies and teaching of colour theory are intertwined and aligned with my process driven techniques.
In 2017 I was honoured to be asked by Galerie Q in Cavan, ON to demonstrate my art techniques in a live demonstration and also to give a talk on ‘Art in Design’.
The dichotomy of my seemingly contrary heritage or cultural background, my Mom being Italian and my Dad’s English background can clearly be seen in my process as previously mentioned where I begin my work with a detailed structured plan which I see stemming from my English roots only to be loosened up during my creative process by the ‘live and let live’ philosophy of my Italian heritage.
By applying the Japanese Wabi Sabi aesthetic, which is centred on acceptance and integration of imperfection, I convey in my art, through colour and texture, the imperfections that surround us and the beauty within. Through colour, the artist encourages the observer to question and interpret the manner in which colour influences them personally.
“Colour represents the jumping-off point from which the viewer can interpret my work through their own eyes. How does it make them feel? Perhaps it triggers a memory or a dream. Colour is like that. It is observed differently on an individual bases. Colour, like life, is imperfect.
To view my paintings follow me on Artmajeur at www.angie-chapman.com
Commissions are welcome. Please email me for details.
Upcoming Shows & Events in 2018
Paintings currently at Millbrook Gallery in Millbrook, ON
April/May – Solo Show at ‘The Original Flame’ in Peterborough, ON
May – ‘Get Your Art On Volume III’ at The Mount Community Centre in Peterborough, ON
(group show and sale)
July 15th – August 15th, 2018 – Outdoor Art at the Miskwaa’ on the Miskwaa Ziibi river in Bobcaygeon