Art Lecturer exhibits inspiration for students
A Gloucestershire College lecturer is showing his students how it’s done, after recently holding a successful solo exhibition in Cheltenham and also exhibiting alongside world-famous artist and GC’s Honorary Vice President, PJ Crook.
Robbie Chapman has been teaching art at GC for over 10 years – now the Curriculum Leader for Art and Design – and a working artist for 17 years, after completing his BA(Hons) and master’s degree in sculpture at Edinburgh University.
Over 950 art aficionados visited his recent exhibition at The Gardens Gallery in spring 2016, which featured atmospheric and innovative contemporary landscape paintings, created using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques.
Although Robbie trained as a sculptor, he has been focusing on drawing and painting over the past three years, saying that his training has given him an appreciation and interest into the properties and characteristics of materials.
He enjoys layering and combining media, and experimenting with the different marks and effects that contrasting media can offer. His work includes paintings of local tracks and trails around Cheltenham; small scale oil paintings; limited edition prints; watercolours; and large scale seascapes made using a combination of dyes, inks, spray paint and oils to create a range of textures and effects.
Robbie said: “I am very pleased with the positive response I received from my exhibition this Easter. The artwork in the exhibition was the culmination of over three years’ work that I have produced in my spare time. It was my first solo show in Gloucestershire so I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to go, but was relieved that it went so well. There was a lot of planning and preparation involved for the event including marketing, framing, making a website, as well as hanging and manning the show itself.
“The exhibition was really successful for me. I met some wonderful people and it has created additional opportunities for me. Since the exhibition I have undertaken several commissions for private clients to create bespoke artworks, been invited to exhibit work with other artists and received orders for new work and prints.”
Following the success of his solo exhibition, Robbie was invited to exhibit his works in a charity pop-up exhibition in Gloucester in May, alongside internationally-renowned artists PJ Crook, Toyah Wilcox, Nick Park, Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen and Russell Haines.
He has also had two paintings selected for the upcoming Broadway Art Festival and will be exhibiting at The Gardens Gallery again in summer 2017.
Robbie is just one of many examples of GC’s qualified teaching staff who inspire students through actively working in their fields.
For more information about GC’s art courses, including the new Art and Design Foundation Diploma available from September, visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/artsandmedia