About Me

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art

Jacqui Chapman

Photograph by Karl Axon

BIOGRAPHY

B.A. (Hons) Fine Art

Jacqui Chapman was born in White River, South Africa, in 1961 and studied Graphic Design at Johannesburg and Cape Town Technikon Colleges from 1979 -1981. Her 14-year advertising career followed working internationally and winning several awards, lastly as a senior art director for Ogilvy and Mather in Cape Town where she was jointly responsible for the apolitical campaign when Nelson Mandela was elected as president in 1994.

She immigrated to the UK in 1995. In 2006 she graduated with a B.A.(Honours) Fine Art Degree (First class) from Wirral Metropolitan College, validated by John Moores University, Liverpool, and in 2007 she was invited to complete her Fellowship.

Jacqui has travelled the world, lived in South Africa, New Zealand and now in England on the Wirral Peninsula. She is predominantly a painter but also a printmaker and artist bookmaker. She exhibits widely in North West England and has had international exhibitions in Italy (Florence Biennial 2011) Australia (Brisbane 2013) and USA (Memphis and Mississippi 2014).

She has exhibited in all of the Liverpool Independents Biennials since 2006 and served on the Board in 2011/2012. She researched and curated an international show No Voice at the 2012 Liverpool Independents Biennial about exile, exhibiting her own work alongside poems by Cuban poet Nancy Morijon and invited Cuban artists.

She jointly initiated and project managed the Williamson Art Gallery Extra-ordinary post card fund raising event which raised several thousand pounds to “save” the Williamson from closure in May 2014 after her almost sell-out solo show, Sanctuaries, hosted by the then Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University Sir Howard Newby and Lady Sheila Newby, January to April 2014.

Her current projects include work about Tidal Islands, which will be included in a touring exhibition Landmarks and Boundaries in 2016-2017 with Markmakers art group and a major two-person show with painter Josie Jenkins in September 2016 during the Liverpool Biennial where transience and consumerism pop-up in temporary industrial / botanical landscapes.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

1979-1981 Johannesburg and Cape Technikons, studied Graphic Design

2003-2006 Wirral Metropolitan College BA (Honours) Fine Art (First Class)

2007 Fellowship, Wirral Metropolitan College

 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2016

Tidal Islands (part of Landmarks and Boundaries exhibition)

Travelling exhibition in two venues:

The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire

The Gallery, St George’s House, address etc plus dates* these dates are busy changing.

18 June – 16 Aug 2016*

 

The Wonder Of It All: Temporary manmade Industrial and Botanical landscapes by Josie Jenkins and Jacqui Chapman

The Gallery Liverpool, First Floor, The Courtyard, 41 Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5RE

8 – 14 September 2016

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 Sanctuaries Liverpool University Vice-Chancellor’s residence, Sefton Park, Liverpool

2012 Endless Summer Staacks Gallery, West Kirby

2011 Amalfi to Cape Town Jigsaw retail, Liverpool One

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I am interested in transience and how this is incorporated into my work both in the making of it and the presentation of it. Multiples of images result in collections, which in my current project refers to consumerism. This new work has a botanical shift in manmade temporary landscapes that offer a glut of spectacular sensation in pop up Flower Shows, and just as instantly, disappear.

Places that offer retreat in an urban environment which are both public and private places have a duality that intrigues me. Many of these parks, city beaches and local allotments have provided subject matter shown in my Sanctuaries solo exhibition.

To begin with my work’s central theme was about memory itself where its mercurial nature was investigated. I immersed myself in the sensation of landscapes remembered from my homeland, South Africa, and developed a metaphorical abstract painterly language which explored feelings of loss and longing through displacement as an immigrant. This became the Exile series where I questioned the idea that identity is shaped by territory.

The concept that it is impossible to pin memory down is still a shifting dynamic within in my paintings which are often without horizons and which have a restless energy, being in a state of flux. I follow an instinctive, subconscious link to places where elemental forces collide, painting coastlines and more recently tidal and other islands, where access is restricted by tide or by law.

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2014
Fragile Migrations
, The Powerhouse, 413 S 14th St Oxford, MS 38655, North Mississippi, USA

2013
I am
, White Canvas Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia

2011
Florence Biennial 2011
, Fortezza Da Basso, Florence, Italy

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Sanctuaries
, Vice- Chancellor’s residence plus address  Liverpool
Waves, Four seven four eight address etc Birkenhead

2013
Endless Summer, Staacks Gallery, Banks Rd, West Kirby, Wirral

2012
Amalfi to Cape Town, Jigsaw, School Lane, Liverpool ONE

 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2014
Extra-ordinary Postcards, Fundraising event, Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey  St, Birkenhead, Merseyside

Cabinets of Curiosity, Liverpool Independent’s Biennial, The Colonnades, Liverpool Waterfront, Merseyside.

2012
No Voice, Liverpool Independents Biennial 2012, Bridewell Studios & Gallery, 101 Prescott St, Liverpool

2012
‘No Voice’- Liverpool Independents Biennial 2012
, Bridewell Studios & Gallery, 101 Prescott St, Liverpool

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Warrington Contemporary Art Festival Open 2015, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum street, Warrington, Merseyside

Coastal Quartet, Staacks Gallery, Banks Rd, West Kirby, Cheshire

 

2013
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival Open 2013
, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Bold St, Warrington

4TH Liverpool Open Exhibition, Editions Gallery, 16 Cook St, Liverpool

de-junk re-junk, Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey St, Oxton, Birkenhead

I am…, White Canvas Art Gallery, 26 Church Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Exploring narratives (2), Bank Quay House, Sankey Street, Warrington

 

2012
Hilbre
, STAACKS Gallery, Banks Road, West Kirby

Exploring Narratives, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, 1 Museum St, Cultural Quarter, Warrington

de-junk, re-junk, World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool

Snakes and Ladders, Liverpool Open Exhibition, Editions Gallery, Cook St, Liverpool

Exploring Narratives, The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire

Winter Exhibition, Gallery SCA, Shropshire Contemporary Arts, Shrewsbury

 

2011
Florence Biennial 2011
, Fortezza Da Basso, Florence, Italy

Winter, Gallery SCA, Shropshire Contemporary Arts, Shrewsbury

de-junk, re-junk, Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, Birkenhead

Here and Now, Milmoda Art, Custard Factory, Birmingham

Work on Paper, Gallery SCA, Shropshire Contemporary Arts, Shrewsbury

 

2010
Here and Now
, Milmoda Art, Sefton Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man

Ferryman Milmoda Art, Buy Art Fair, Spinningfields, Manchester

 

2009
Liverpool Open Exhibition
, Editions Gallery, 16 Cook Street, Liverpool

Coast in Rising Stars Exhibition, The Artroom Gallery, The Parade, Parkgate, Cheshire

Foreign Body, Gallery SCA, Shropshire Contemporary Arts, Shrewsbury

 

2008
Liverpool Artists Book Fair
, 11 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool

Liverpool Independents Biennial 08 during Capital of Culture – Watermark in Modern Contemporary Creatives, Artroom Gallery, The Parade, Parkgate, Cheshire

Park Life, Shrew Collective, Birkenhead Park Pavilion, Birkenhead

Scissorspaperstone, Artists Book Fair, London Print Studio, London

 

2007
under my skin
, Wirral Metropolitan College Fellowship, Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral

 

2006

Degree Show, Wirral Metropolitan College, Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey Road, Birkenhead