ABOUT

Jacqui Chapman

Photograph by Karl Axon

Jacqui (Kirk) Chapman has recently completed her Masters in Painting at Wimbledon College of Art, University Arts London (2018/2019.) She attained a first class BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Wirral Metropolitan College, accredited by Liverpool John Moores University (2006) followed by a Fellowship (2007). She co-founded MOSAIC, an international arts collective whilst exhibiting in the Florence Biennale (2011). International exhibitions were hosted in USA (2014) and Australia (2013). Jacqui has exhibited in all of the Liverpool Independents Biennials since 2006, as an exhibitor, curator and researcher, serving on the board (2011-2012). Locally, she supports the Williamson Art Gallery, and in 2013 co-organised the fundraising Extra-Ordinary Postcard initiative to “save” this public gallery from closure. She was a longstanding member of the Oxton Artists, working on the committee, and arranging annual exhibitions. She has been a member of Markmakers Art group for almost 10 years, the focus of this work being experimental. She has supported students at Wirral Metropolitan College with student talks and Wirral Grammar School’s art students with classroom workshops, offering studio visits and guidance.

 

Prior to immigrating to the UK from South Africa (1995) and having studied Graphic Design at Johannesburg (1979) and Cape Tehnikons (1980-81), Jacqui had a successful 14 year career as an Art Director in Advertising. This culminated with being part of the Ogilvy & Mather team who delivered the A-Political campaign to ensure a free and fair election when Nelson Mandela was elected as President in 1994.

 

Her childhood nurtured a connection with landscape, in bush farms and game reserves, and the sacred place of the Wild Coast. Her research for her Masters, is about this relationship, belonging to and separate from, her Homeland, after 23 years.

My painting practice interrogates the physical and psychological landscapes we inhabit, specifically those shaped by proximity to violence.  The idylls of gated communities in post-apartheid South Africa, provide some refuge.

I use printing, painting, drawing and photography, found and developed, to reconstruct such poolside environments.  Affluent Modernist homes and supposedly relaxed occupants reflect the privilege, politics and memories fabricating their lived realities.  Offering voyeuristic viewpoints on intimate moments, my artworks convey an inescapable sense of being watched.

Whether on the street or protectively walled, surveillance is a way of life.  As voyeur, my paintings pose the question of who is watching?  And yet, they also concede the guilt and collusion of white entitlement.  Having benefited where others have suffered, I wish to continue addressing the legacy of apartheid through the increasingly contentious issue of land redistribution without compensation.

This is foreground in a layered digital film about my mother’s childhood on a farm in Natal, informed by my experience as an immigrant to the UK.

2019

MA Painting Summer Show Wimbledon College of Arts, London

Chelsea Art Society 72nd Annual Open Exhibition Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Koyaanisqatsi, Life out of balance MA Painting Exhibition Wimbledon College of Arts, London

Squeezed – MA Painting Interim Show The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London

Laid Back – UAL students group show Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey, London


2017

Interval Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn
Fellowship Exhibition, Wirral Art School, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead


2016

The Wonder of it All : Constructed industrial and temporary botanical landscapes Liverpool Independents Biennial, The Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool.
Landmarks and Boundaries: Tidal Islands Brindley Arts Centre, Cheshire, and The Gallery St George’s House, Bolton


 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2014
Fragile Migrations The Powerhouse, North Mississippi, USA

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

2011
Florence Biennale 2011 Fortezza Da Basso, Florence, Italy


 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Sanctuaries University of Liverpool, Vice Chancellor’s Residence, Liverpool
Waves Photographic exhibition, 4748, Birkenhead

2013
Endless Summer Staacks Gallery, West Kirby, Wirral

2012
Amalfi to Cape Town Jigsaw Retail, Liverpool One


 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2014
Extra- ordinary Postcards Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead
Cabinets of Curiosity Liverpool Independent’s Biennial, The Colonnades, Liverpool Waterfront

2012
No Voice Liverpool Independent’s Biennial, Bridewell Studios and Gallery, Liverpool


 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2015
Tidal Islands / Landmarks and Boundaries Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn
The Gallery, St George’s House, Bolton
Warrington Contemporary Art Fair Open Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington
Coastal Quartet Staacks Gallery, West Kirby

2013
4th Liverpool Open Editions Gallery, Liverpool
Warrington Contemporary Art Fair Open Warrington Museum and Art
Gallery, Warrington

2012
Exploring Narratives The Brindley, Runcorn and
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington.
De-junk, re –junk World Museum, Liverpool

2011
Here and Now Milmoda Art, Custard Factory, Birmingham
Work on Paper Shrewsbury Contemporary Art Gallery, Shrewsbury

Shortlisted Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019

These paintings were inspired by J.M. Coetzee’s text about innocence of white children growing up behind garden walls in apartheid South Africa in his book Age of Iron.

Children of Paradise, Canoe, (2019)
Acrylic on chalk ground, 24 x 24 x 6 cm

 

Children of Paradise, Birthday Party, (2019)
Acrylic on chalk ground, 24 x 24 x 6 cm