Degree: BA Fine Art
Graduation Year: 2017
Natalie Chapman’s spirited figurative paintings subtly reveal the nuances of social relationships through dramatic colour and space. Much like the short-lived, but eminent artists of Synthetism in the 1880’s, Chapman creates atmosphere by using energetic hues and tensioned use of space. Indeed, flat, lurid colour is often used to pull figures apart from each other, and likewise, skewed perspective creates unstable confrontational spaces. The portrayal of interpersonal dynamics is convincing and at times, tense. The use of dark outlines, for example, gives the figures an exactness and transforms their relationship to the space they occupy. The imagery is at once captivating but unnerving through the embroilment of tenderness and tension, rising from the picture plane in a flurry of hot pinks and stark blues.
My history , my past and my present : I paint portraits that engage with identity and issues based around dysfunctional relationships and social documentary. I focus on spontaneous snapshot-compositions, saturated colour spaces, and incidental objects in order to set a scene of everyday life. I want my work to feel edgy and to seduce the viewer into contemplating ambiguous tension, a sense of emptiness, boredom and anxiety. These works are on large canvases to create presence and intensify personal stories using gritty expression and garish colour. I want to create images about human relationships that are both dysfunctional and tender.
2017 LAG Group show Llanarth
2017 'Love you mum' solo show Cardigan castle
2016 Summer show Powerhouse Gallery Llandysul
2016 Artist of the month TIC Aberaeron
2015 Chapman pop up show Llandysul
2014 Moments in time Elysium Gallery Swansea
2014 Moments in time Norwegian church Cardiff
2012 National Botanical Gardens