Caroline Chappell: Emotional Threads

Caroline Chappell: Emotional Threads


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Caroline’s landscape, Emotional Threads, is shown in the gallery in a trio of semi-abstract paintings. Shown together, the effect is powerful, giving a compounded block of imagery which shimmers with light and warm colour. But the paintings, each depicting the different view and mood of a beloved landscape, were painted alone, and envisaged to work autonomously.

Contemporary in its abstraction, Emotional Threads retains a strong sense of an ancient landscape observed. Caroline has used broad brush strokes in a controlled and yet extremely expressive way to describe the topography and the impact of the sky on the landscape before her. Intriguingly she has almost etched, strong black and blue lines into paint that describes a landscape she knows and loves so well.

She explains the motivation behind her painting:

‘Our ancient landscape is the inspiration for my work. Walking in the tracks of our Neolithic ancestors on paths that traverse the countryside. I capture a sense of place by drawing and making notes. Back home in the studio I develop these ideas into paintings which reflect the experience of being there.'

Caroline builds up layers of mixed media, especially acrylic paint, using feathers as well as more conventional palette knives and brushes. In her own words, ‘each new painting is an exploration into unknown territory’. The result is memorable; she has had numerous exhibitions around the local area and her works are in collections as far afield as Canada, the US and Europe. She organises and tutors workshops on landscape painting.

More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.

Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:80cm, W:80 cm, Framed: H:84cm, W:84cm, D:4cm

Mixed media on board

Framed, taupe painted outer wooden frame, unglazed

Burford Garden Company is acting as an agent on behalf of the artists displaying work in this online gallery. Refunds on works are discretionary and goods must be returned within seven days of purchase, at the latest.