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Sheila Chapman

I am an emerging contemporary painter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In my art practice I am inspired by everyday life - a large part of my working process is hunting for new ideas in the visual world around me e.g. walking in the woods in summer, watching reflections on a pond in spring, spotting wildlife, seeing my children growing and engaging with the world, exploring unfamiliar places (sometimes old photographs) evidencing past lives, or other ways of living.

In these things I sense the inevitable passing of time and the spirit of being alive, and it's this I try to capture in my work. I record my ideas in sketches, photographs or plein air paintings, from which I often then develop larger works in the studio. I enjoy using the physicality and expressiveness of the materials - usually ink, acrylic paint or watercolour - to attempt to describe in visual language those strange or beautiful moments which always seem to elude capture in the written word.

My paintings often focus on nature and the way people connect with the natural environment in our modern world, especially those of us living in cities and towns. I wonder how important the environment will become for all of us, and how it may affect our future lives.

I am inspired by contemporary figurative artists such as Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas and Chantalle Joffe, but also by the Scottish tradition of painting including artists such as William Gillies and the Scottish Colourists, especially Cadell for his bold use of colour.

I originally studied physics at University and worked as a patent attorney for over ten years before deciding to focus on my lifelong interest in making art. I completed a BA degree in Combined Studies (Art & Design) at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, in 2016 and am now a practising artist based in Edinburgh.

4 open listings

Selling: Duck Race
Duck Race
Acrylic on wood - Original
£480
61x76x5.5cm
Selling: Snowstorm
Snowstorm
Acrylic on canvas - Original
£210
40.5x30.5x4cm
Selling: Melting Ice
Melting Ice
Acrylic on canvas - Original
£880
90x70x4cm
Selling: In Murano (Venice)
In Murano (Venice)
Acrylic on wood - Original
£250
51x41x2.5cm
Macmillan Art Show, Edinburgh, August 2018 Scottish Society of Artists "OPEN" exhibition at RSA Galleries, Edinburgh, 29 Jan - 8th March 2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018 exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 31 Jan - 17th Feb 201 Solo Exhibition - "All Our Lives", at McNaughtons Bookshop & Gallery, 3a & 4a Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AE, 24th October-23rd December 2017 Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show 2017, 24-27th August, Bonhams, 22 Queen St, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Fringe Venue 216) "Forests, Kids & Nature", solo show at Embo Deli, 29 Haddington Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh UK. From 27th Jan - 8th March 2017 Macmillan Art Show 2016, Bonhams Auctioneers, Edinburgh Degree Show 2016, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, May/June 2016 Visual Arts Scotland CONVERGE Exhibition, March 2016 Scottish Society of Artists (SSA) Open Exhibition, 2013 Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, 2012 The Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams Auctioneers, Edinburgh 2013, 2014 and 2015 "Combined", Edinburgh College of Art, January 2015 "Just Bcos", Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014 "Working Lines", a group exhibition of drawings and prints at the Edinburgh Ski Club (August 2013) "ECArtists", St Margarets House (Edinburgh Palette), Edinburgh, 2013 "Paperwork", Edinburgh Ski club, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aug 2014 Paperwork 2", Edinburgh Ski club, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aug 2015 PUBLIC COLLECTIONS - Two of my degree show paintings (2016) were purchased by the Scottish charity "Art in Healthcare" for their permanent collection
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