Introducing Linda Chapman, an artist who specialises in creating abstract photographic art, and is one of a small group of artists who regularly work with BobCat Gallery, a small scale gallery specialising in original art at affordable prices.
Here we chat with Linda about her journey so far…
Tell us more about your journey into the art world.
Taking pictures started early for me, when I was about 8 years old, resulting in me working as a professional photographer for some years before deciding to get back to just the art again.
As someone that grew up as an only child, I was constantly creating worlds of my own. Later, as an adult I wanted to do this again but being a photographer rather than a painter, I decided to do this a much as possible with the reality of photography and certainly turn away from the “unreal” things like filters, manipulation etc. I wanted to show what the creative mind can see by itself without help.
How would you describe your signature style and technique?
My work is mainly abstract urban details. I have a great interest in architecture, the city and how to uncover extraordinary views not often seen. My aim is to create colourful collaborative interactions with the viewer. I prefer to create in my mind than with unnatural things, so I only use sunlight, reflections and refraction, without the use of filters or digital manipulation.
Can you tell us about your latest work? Where did you find inspiration and what is the story behind it?
I am currently working on some new ideas for reflections. So far all of my work has been outdoors using sunlight. However this does prove to be restrictive at times with unpredictable UK weather! So I am working on ideas in my studio to create abstract images through layers of glass with my studio lights. For this I have to construct platforms to carry out the set ups, but other than artificial light, no other filters or manipulation will be used.
Are there any exhibitions or events you are planning in near future?
I will be part of are two group exhibitions coming up in March and April, plus lots of events with BobCat Gallery including a pop up shop in Earls Court for the whole of February.
Later in the year I’ll be heading to several art fairs, and potentially another group exhibition organised by the Artful Lens Collective, which I am a founding member for. I also regularly exhibit with ArtCan, both physically and online.
What is the best advice you’ve been given as an artist?
Never create what you think people expect or want to see. Your best work will be what you want to really do and that comes from inside, even when you may feel out of your depth.