Alison Chaplin lives in a large district of North London, Walthamstow, but her studio is based opposite Epping Forest. “Living between the Forest and the Town, it is this life-on-the-edges which motivates my art.” Chaplin has always lived in a close proximity to the Forest, where she enjoys painting and drawing the trees. She trained at Walthamstow Art College and was an Art Teacher in Redbridge for a couple of years. Chaplin has been painting consistently throughout the years and has exhibited widely and often, both locally and in Central London. Her paintings are in several private collections and encouraged by her growing reputation. Chaplin became a full-time artist eleven years ago.
Chaplin’s motivation for her acrylic paintings are, in particular isolated trees against a clear sky, she likes to explore the unique characteristics of the various species while exploring their differences. Her forest paintings are in oil and are particularly engaged with the light effects in the forest. The play of the texture from the light shining through the foliage and the shadows cast on the forest floor.
In tandem with this ‘tree art’ Chaplin is currently working on another series of oil-on-canvas paintings. Turning away from the forest and towards the city, she concerns herself with the urban life, which celebrates the life on the streets of London. She began to notice groups of people who are waiting. Waiting at bus stops, at railway stations, for friends in Galleries, at airports and in parks. “People who are at rest while the rest of the world moves on around them..... People who are at the beginning of something, or the end of something.”
Art on Fashion® is honoured to be showcasing the works of Alison Chaplin.