Based in London between 1999 and 2016, I have now re-located my studio and art practice to Shropshire. Coming from an illustration, painting and print-making background I am now as well known for my sculptures and drawings.
In 2005 I was awarded a bursary and membership from the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
As well as my work appearing in international exhibitions, magazines and on TV (including BBC 2's 'The Culture Show', Channel 4 News, London Live, and Channel 4's 'Four Rooms'), my sculptures have appeared in the feature film, 'Scratch', directed by Jakob Rørvik. In 2013 I was commissioned to produce a series of paintings for the horror film 'Bliaze of Gory'.
My work is featured regularly in on-line articles and interviews, including two separate articles in The Huffington Post.
I have organised and run art/sculpture workshops for schools and businesses since 1998, including ones for ING Bank's London headquarters via the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
John Malkovich chose my script, 'Doppelganger', as the winning entry in the 2008 Sony VAIO Scriptwriting competition. This script, along with Malkovich's was then turned into the short animated film, ‘Snow Angel’.
“ … I’m going to go with the “Doppelganger” script. It’s clever, inventive, and somehow both surprising and inevitable. Very neatly done all in all.” John Malkovich (4th Jan. 2008).
As well as working on my own projects I accept commissions. My clients include Mary Fox Linton, Andy Martin Architects, Converse, Dawood and Tanner, Domus, Ctrl.Alt.Shift, private collectors, and the Ping Pong restaurant chain.
The majority of my sculptural work involves the reworking and assemblage of found objects/materials. Materials that I feel have a certain ‘resonance’. Much of my work centres on the theme of memory or its fallibility. This is more strongly evident in my pieces that incorporate or recreate childhood artifacts and toys. A prime example of this is ‘And When I’m a Man’, the life size sculpture of myself as a twelve piece, pre-assembly, model kit. An important aspect of the piece is its bright green colour, which was chosen to match my memory of that of a childhood toy – realizing that the memory would have mutated; exaggerating the luridness of colour.
Another re-occurring theme or motif in my work is that of the wheeled box or tower, which relates to containment, the urge to possess and restricted mobility.
As well as the obvious sexual interpretation of the orifice element that has emerged in many of my recent works, the my main interest in the device, lies in it being the portal between the internal and the external.
Although not a film maker myself, my work is heavily influenced by my early passion for film and animation. This is evident in my archaic-looking tower sculpture, ‘The City,’ which echoes the same fairy tale or dream-like quality that is characteristic of the short films of animators such as the Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer.
“Chisnall’s towering wooden piece is made up of tiny display cases and cabinets made from found materials like skulls, insects and fossils, a kind of modern cabinet of curiosities. Or a nightmarish vision inspired by Jorge Luis Borges. He explains that much like the inhabitants of a big city, each compartmentalised environment plays out its own narrative, seemingly oblivious to that of its neighbour”. Julia Kollewe (journalist – The Guardian and The Independent), 2009.
“...Wayne Chisnall creates art that references such things as structure, time and Modernism as they pass through a very contemporary mindset that focuses on humor, transience, functionality and futility. There is also the presence of popular culture in his thinking, as he addresses the differences between reality and perception, and how that affects the needs, wants and even the formation of the human psyche.” D. Dominick Lambardi, 'Repurposing With a Passion', The Huffington Post, July 14th 2014.
Interviewed and featured in article, 'Repurposing With a Passion', by D. Dominick Lambardi, The Huffington Post, July 14th 2014.
My 'And When I'm a Man' sculpture featured on UK TV Channel 4's 'Four Rooms' programme – series 3, episode 27 - 8PM Fri 30 August 2013.
Work featured in horror film, Blaize of Gory.
And featured in BBC TV News Sussex item: Crawley schoolgirl's horror tales set for the big screen – 3 September 2013 (Last updated at 16:23 BST)
Work mentioned in The Londonist article, 'Art Review: It’s A Wonderful Life @ Nancy Victor', written by Tabish Kahn,13th December 2012.
Interviewed by Adam Monaghan for the Nokia Connects piece, 'Wayne's World: A Unique Insight into one of Britain's “trashiest” artists' - June 2012.
Work featured in the Nokia Connects article, 'Junk Rock! The 7 Greatest Upcycled Artworks Ever'. Written by Adam Monaghan, June 2012.
Sculpture (And When I'm a Man) used in publicity material for Dr Gregory Kaebnick's talk 'Synthetic Life: A New Industrial Revolution' at Purdue University, Indian USA, 28th March 2012.
Work (The City) featured and mentioned in BBC 2's The Culture Show: 2011-2012: Episode 15: Birmingham's Cultural Highlights. Michael Smith investigates the cultural highlights of Europe's “most boring city” - Birmingham.
Artwork (Nail Box) featured in Dec 2011 issue of Art and Auction Magazine as part of ad campaign for New York-based art company, Crozier Fine Arts.
Interview, 'Wayne Chisnall's artist interview', RCA Secret Blog, 18th October 2011.
Appeared in Coffee on Cake PR's Aug 2011 photo shoot with music journalist Chantelle Fiddy along with bag that I customised as part of Converse's new duffle bag launch. Articles then appeared in FHM magazine, Fused magazine, Cooler etc.
Interview, ‘Wayne Chisnall Interview’ by Helen Wilson, Where Art You, Feb 2011.
Mentioned by Hattie Collins (Editor of RWD magazine, Music Editor for i-D Magazine, freelance contributor for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Q etc) as favourite artist in her 2010 interview with Arts London News.
Interview, ‘Wayne Chisnall answers FAD’, FAD Website, Dec 2010. www.fadwebsite.com/2010/12/16/wayne-chisnall-answers-fads-questions-2/
Mark Sheerin, “Whitechapel, Vyner Street, Hoxton, Shoreditch? Exploring London's East End Art Scene,” Culture 24 (one of the Guardian’s top 100 websites), 15 January 2010.
Work featured and mentioned in “North London Arts Charity Celebrates 20 Years,” Art of England (issue 63), 2009.
Artwork featured on Channel 4 News (to illustrate ‘The Nest’, the award winning project for Northern Ireland) as part of 2012 ‘Artists Take the Lead’, Olympiad Award. November 2009.
Work (showing in KETOS 2.0) featured and mentioned in an Italian magazine, “Salvate le baleen,” November 2008.
Work featured in the ‘Hero’ edition of A5 Magazine (art magazine from Israeli), 2009. www.thea5magazine.com
Work featured in FEFE Magazine (centre spread, pages 68-69 and page 98), editor/art director, Luigi Vernieri, November 2008. www.fefepro
'The Toy Box: From Pop to The Present'
29 July - 23 September 2017
The Gallery @ The Civic,
'RCA Secret 2017'
Royal College of Art
1 Hester Road
London SW11 4AN
Exhibition: 9-15 Sept. 2017 (9am-6pm)
Late Opening: 11 and 15 September, until 8pm
Collection Day: 16 April, 9am