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Run Painting

Sheila Chapman

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Wood

Size: 48 W x 36.2 H x 1 D in

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This painting came about through watching my daughter's primary school sports day a couple of years ago - it was a gloriously sunny day with crystal clear views and the figures of the running children (in their house colour T-shirts) and the watching spectators set against the background of green fields and mature trees stuck in my mind as a striking image. While making the painting I was thinking about the energy and optimism of the children as they run forward into their lives, in which there will no doubt be darkness as well as light, and the colours I chose reflect this idea of the vibrancy and energy of life combined with melancholy and darker realities. This is an expressively painted work combining some abstract passages with more figurative detail. I worked with pools of acrylic paint for the underlayers and then water-based oil paint on the upper layers which adds interesting texture and sheen to the final surface. It is painted on MDF board, mounted on wooden supporting timbers, so is ready to hang (or could be framed, if preferred).

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Painting:Acrylic on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:48 W x 36.2 H x 1 D in

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I am an emerging figurative painter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am inspired by everyday experience of life and especially people and nature. My paintings often focus on nature and the way people connect with the natural environment in our modern world, especially those of us living in cities and towns. I think about how important the environment will become for all of us, and how it may affect our future lives. I record my ideas in sketches, photographs or plein air paintings, from which I often then develop larger works in the studio. I enjoy using the physicality and expressiveness of the materials - usually ink,acrylic paint or watercolour - to attempt to describe in visual language those strange or beautiful moments which always seem to elude capture in the written word. I am inspired by contemporary figurative artists such as Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas and Chantalle Joffe, but also by the Scottish tradition of painting including artists such as William Gillies and the Scottish Colourists, especially Cadell for his bold use of colour.

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