Summer is finally here!
What better way to spend those lazy summer days than here in Whitstable.
Whitstable is Famous for its Oysters, beautiful sunsets, chilled vibes and it’s vast array of Independent shops and boutiques.
Whitstable is a must do for Summer 2018.
Follow the shops from the harbour along the High street through to Oxford Street to find Chappell Contemporary Art Gallery. Nestled in amongst fabulous independent coffee shops, cafes, Antique and Vintage stores, you will find Chappell Contemporary a seaside Gallery with a difference.
You won’t find a seascape in site! We specialise in contemporary Limited edition prints by some of the countries most exciting modern artists.
We are open every day apart form Wednesday so make sure to put us on your To Do List.
- June 21, 2018
- About Chappell Contemporary
Magnus Gjoen has been with Chappell Contemporary since we first opened our doors in 2015. I had been a massive fan of his work and was thrilled when he agreed to be one of my artists.
Gjoen work revolves around a variety of themes, life, death, war, peace, Love and hate. Often making juxtapositions and relationships between the two.
An Uzi made from Ceramic for example. What is Magnus Gjoen trying to say? A deadly weapon, who’s purpose is to destroy made of beautiful fragile ornate ceramic. Something that in it’s essence is the opposit of the thing it is creating.
Perhaps a comment on the fragility of life? Trying to turn something so ugly and scary into something exquisitely beautiful. Taking away the pain, suffering and hate and replacing with something captivatingly stunning.
This new lenticular piece ‘I Thought We’d Only meet in Death’ again conjurers up all that is synonymous with his practice. A human skull, usually a thing of ugliness, of death and decay is adorned with flowers. This image no longer evokes emotions fear and the macabre , but more so resembles a Dutch Masters oil painting. visually stunning, beautiful, and intricate in detail.
Magnus has created a stunning work of art once again.
Is it any wonder he is one of our favourites?
Chappell Contemporary have both the lenticular print (Edition of 50) and Giclée print (edition of 80) available.
- June 13, 2018
- Magnus Gjoen
Artist and Designer Whatshisname lives and works in London. Born in Poland in 1982 Whatshisname – (real name Sebastian Burton) came to London when he was 25.
He has worked as an assistant to many famous designers and established artists. His art exists through digital media as well as more traditional mediums.
When asked ‘Why make art?’ his response: Two reasons:
1. To celebrate an alternative to an ordinary.
2. Because it is something that I cannot not do.
Most recognisable for his fun interpretations of the iconic Jeff Koons balloon dog, Whatshisname’s artwork puts a smile on the viewers face. It is playful and engaging. Whats not to love about a pooping Balloon dog in shiny Hot pink??
And you may ask why the alias ‘Whatshisname’? It’s inspired by the fact that he has trouble remembering other artists’ names and by the Green Day’s song “Whatshername”.
- May 05, 2018
- New Artist - Whatshisname
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