Dick Chappell b.1954
Dick was born in the Derbyshire Peak District in 1954 and studied Painting at Goldsmith’s College of Art in London. Relocating to the Clydach Valley in 1988 brought about a significant change of subject matter. This area, like Derbyshire, has a rich pastoral and post-industrial landscape which together with the coastline of SW England and Wales, provide the key reference points from which his paintings have evolved.
In addition to maintaining a professional studio practice and regularly exhibiting over the past four decades, he also held careers, initially in conservation at the British Museum and later through teaching art theory and practice. He now operates a full-time studio overlooking the Black Mountains. His work concerns the representation of time and place whilst incorporating finely worked ambiguities resulting in enigmatic and very atmospheric paintings. Dick's work is collected by public institutions and private individuals in the U.K. and overseas.
‘These paintings are a continuation of an examination of a language, form and subject which has developed over the past 20 years or so with little deviation. As a subject, landscape provides a traditional metaphor for a breadth of life’s complexities and, for a number of reasons, the coast is especially well suited to my interests. I don’t get to see the sea as much as I’d like but I do dream of it a good deal‘.
The Contemporary Art Society for Wales
Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea
Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery