Gaye Chapman works as both an abstract figurative painter and picture-book illustrator (and author). As a contemporary visual artist she is celebrated and has been often awarded, with a long and impressive portfolio and list of acknowledgements. Her work here is an exploration of painting and mark-making, where the influence of the Australian landscape is immediate and visceral. Her paintings combine her prowess with detailed patterning and the layering of paint to create a weathered surface, as though it has been saturated by the Australian sun.
That love of detail and pattern crosses over into the wonderful world of picture book illustration she has created. (She has over 11 titles to her name.) Here, her narrative illustration forms a unique fantasy world, detailed and immersive with flowing lines of motion that take you through imagesrichly layered with fairy-tale features.
We're excited that Gaye's work is included in the very special selection for Scapes as chosen by author, publisher, curator and academic/researcher Margrete Lamond.
Join us 6PM Friday August 19 at Ludlow to explore more!