Jimi Crayons art is fun, thought provoking a powerful. he is an artist, and commercial illustrator who has worked in the commercial art fiend producing art prints for the biggest brands in the world, including Apple, Microsoft, Nike and Adidas.
Crayon combines old masterpieces with a contemporary twist. A Nike Shoe box covered in iconic religious imagery overlaid with modern digital icons is an example of his newest work we have on show in the Gallery.
“I am a product of my environment.
Raised by Television, Billboards, Magazines and the Internet. Constantly reminded that happiness isn’t here and now, it’s out there, just around the corner. It’s in a better job, a newer car, a bigger house and a better you. It’s in everything you’re about to become and in nothing you are right now. It’s in that perpetually evolving fantasy in your head that’s always just out of reach.
So, make your life one big means to an end that never comes, sacrifice your soul to satisfy your ego, keep chasing your dreams and never be content, because YOU ARE NOT ENOUGH… yet”
We currently have 4 of Jimi Crayons newest prints available at Chappell Contemporary.
Some of you may know that I did my degree in Sculpture, I studied at Wimbledon School of art, when it was an Independent Art School. I loved it and can honestly say it was some of the best few years of my life. although the gallery now keeps me super busy that I no longer have time to make my own pieces there is something inside me that is always drawn to Sculpture.
So it’s probably no shock that I am totally in love with the stunning figurative pieces created by Rachel Ann Stevenson. I first saw Rachel artwork at TOAF in 2016 and instantly fell in love with the dark mysterious world that her work existed in.
Her Vigils Echo Sculptures (or the Bunny Girls as I call them) are so persice in detail that the craftsman ship alone will leave you spellbound. But delve deeper into the work and be lost in this mysterious alternative wonderland she has created.
Sexy, tactile and alluring, but naughty and mysterious. A perfect combination!
If you want one of these sculptures you will have to be quick, Vigils Echo II & III have already sold out in both Stone and Bronze. Rachel assures me that a Bronze Vigils Echo III will be released later this year but with already clients making preorders,
I doubt they will be available for long.
Rachel Stevenson new Series under the banner ‘Splice’ is something quite different all together.
Her attention to detail and accuracy is still very much present, all of her sculptures have the allure that makes you want to pick them up, to touch them to stroke them.
To find out what they are made of.
Gone are the Bunny Girls, now we encounter ‘From Dust’ dark figures, wearing rain coats and gas masks. What do they mean? I’m not quite sure, but one thing I know is that they make me feel slightly uneasy. Uneasy about the world we live in, our faceless Society. Are the gas masks a comment on war, on the pollution of humanity?
Our youth? So many emotions and questions….
What is art for if not to question, stir feelings, initiate response, even make you a little uncomfortable.
- April 14, 2018
- Rachel Ann Stevenson
I absolute adore this print, it is totally on my wants list!
Magnus Gjoen, ‘I’d rather be Happy than dignified’ is a limited edition Print with Gold leaf detail.
I always think art should evoke an emotion, and I especially love modern art that make me smile.
What is not to love about this engaging work by London based artist Magnus Gjoen, with his trademark use of tradition imagery combined with a modern twist.
A detailed Baroque style portrait with a scribbled child like smilie face, set against a striking geometric background of Lime green, gold and pink.
None of it particularly makes sense in the normal sense of the word, is it a comment on art, is it a comment on society? perhaps both and perhaps thats why I love it so much!!
- March 21, 2018
- Magnus Gjoen
Beautiful new Print from Rosie Emerson ‘Falcon’
This stunning new Monochromatic Screen Print epitomises Emerson artwork which focuses predominately on showcasing and representing the female form.
Emersons Figuers draw reference from images old and new, iconic female actresses as well as modern day supermodels including Kate Moss in her piece Model #10. Each solitary figure is a celebration of women hood.
Emerson artwork is often beautifully pull Screen Prints, often incorporating unusual elements including Charcoal powder, ash and saw dust. This introduction often shifts the prints from a limited edition replicated, to a unique hand finished print, with no two pieces being the same.
- March 15, 2018
- Rosie Emerson
How do I put Modern art in my home?
This may seem like a tricky question, would the work we show at Chappell Contemporary fit into a ‘normal’ family home? A two up two down,
A Semi Detached in a cul- de-sac. Or is modern art only for slick, glass fronted, LED lit up modern houses?
As you can imagine my own house is jam packed with the contemporary artists
we show at Chappell Contemporary, and trust me, my house is not an architectural
achievement by any means.
I often have people trying to match artwork to their sofa, or curtains, this would be something I would steer away from. Artwork generally lasts a life time and beyond, a sofa does not.
It can be hard to match a collection, to see what fits with what, but this happens over time,
It’s definitely a process. When I hang a show in the gallery I often sit and stare blankly at the walls for quite a while, hanging and re hanging.
It’s definitely a case of trial and error. And don’t forget once the work is up indoors it’s not stuck there forever, I often re hang my artwork. If the pictures stay in the same place they can often get lost, and you stop appreciating them, you walk past day after day and forget they are even there, moving them around and having a mix about brings them all back to life.
There is always a place that you may sit and spend more time, it’s often this area that I like to rehang, so that my view is constantly changing.
My partner often walks in and comments ‘Had another rehang have we??’ Its a running joke in our house.
In total Chappell Contemporary have nearly 40 modern artists.
All crammed into my little gallery in Whitstable.
Should they all work together? Probably not, but do they? Most definitely. I believe that is because although all my artists are so different, they all have one thing in common.
That one thing, is me.
Remember when you want to put art in your home, you love it, you have chosen it, so why wouldn’t they all work together, it’s all your taste, its all your style.
Take a leap of faith, believe in yourself.
Be able to take a chance and step out of your comfort zone.
Believe in yourself, and have your own little gallery indoors.
- March 10, 2018
- How to put Modern Art in your home
Women in the Arts
Chappell Contemporary represent a number of female artists (11 at the time of writing this blog). We are definitely rising through the ranks. Would I be able to decipher a picture created by a woman over one created by a man? Probably not I must admit… but maybe this is because, in Art, there are no boundaries, there are no stereotypes, we can be who we want to be without limitation. Art gives us all the means to express ourselves, creatively and personally.
And that is why It is our passion at Chappell Contemporary.
I’m not sure there are many outlets in life that has this freedom of speech, this ability to indulge in what we love, say what we want to say. The sheer audacity to answer when someone asks:
“Why did you make this?” and to answer, “purely because I had to”.
Chappell Contemporary currently represent:
Aida, Lauren Baker, Rebecca Mason, Louise McNaught, Rachel Ann Stevenson, Not Now Nancy, Rosie Emerson, Alexandra Gallagher, Yuli Aruga, Delphine Lebourgeoise, Kristjana S Williams.
- March 08, 2018
- About Chappell Contemporary
Magnus Gjoen is a contemporary digital artists.
Chappell Contemporary have represented Magnus for over 3 years now and he is still one of our most sought after artists.
Magnus Gjoen’s manipulated Limited edition prints place beautiful imagery, reminiscent of renaissance paintings by old masters, or of Wedgwood ceramics over objects including, Uzi’s, Bombs and Skulls.
The juxtaposition of the beautiful wrapped around the deadly and sinister objets can be interoperated as a comment on love and hate, war and peace, A deadly Uzi weapon being made out of ceramic is completely contradictory, how could something so beautiful cause so much destruction.
Is this a comment on the human race as a whole?
We work closely with Magnus so if there is a piece you are looking for that you cannot see on our page please feel free to contact us and we will try and source it for you.
- March 06, 2018
- Magnus Gjoen
Chappell Contemporary Art Gallery is based in the seaside town of Whitstable in Kent.
When opening the gallery my aim was to bring exciting contemporary art to Whitstable.
Our wonderful town in Kent has an amazing artistic vibe and we have lots of wonderful local artists that create a fantastic buzz around town. I wanted however to bring something different. Perhaps something a little outside the box something you wouldn’t expect.
We specialise in Limited edition prints, including Silk Screen, Digital Prints and Photography. That said we do offer the occasional Original oil painting or contemporary sculpture.
We have emerging artist as well as representing some of the UK’s most renowned creatives, including:
Each year the gallery grows from strength to strength and we are always looking for new exciting artists to add to our catlogue. We run Solo Shows throughout the year so make sure you keep and eye on our website and our social media pages so you don’t miss out!
- February 23, 2018
- About Chappell Contemporary
Here at Chappell Contemporary we are absolute fans of Neon artist Rebecca Mason.
As well as showing her stunning Original Light artworks we have a large selection her Limited edition Prints.
Each are from a very small edition, some being of only 10 so if you fall in love with one I wouldn’t recommend hanging around. You can pay us a visit in the Gallery and have a day out in Whitstable or you can now buy Rebecca’s work by following the links on her page to our online shop.
Each piece is thought provoking, sometimes shocking, sometime they will make you laugh, others will pull at your heart strings. One things for sure is that you will connect with Rebecca Masons work on different levels. Come along and have a read and figure out which one you are!!
Bored?, Lost, Flaws, Life, Lust….
- February 16, 2018
- Rebecca Mason Neons