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 is rooted in direct experience, sometimes of a particular situation but more often is concerned with a combination of related events. The results are rich in mood and finely worked ambiguities. ‘There is an elegance and beauty in how nature reveals itself’
Dick's work is collected by public institutions and private individuals in the U.K. and overseas.
The Contemporary Art Society for Wales
Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea
Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery