Saturday, 30 June 2012


In a few days time, Megan Chapman and I will be delivering our new body of work for exhibition at the Art Center of the Ozarks. Creating the series has been a hard job and one that was not made any easier by the heat of the Arkansas summer. Up close against the the work in the confines of the studio, it was hard to get a sense of what we had been making. However, tonight as we varnished all fifteen of the paintings, we began to realise just what we had created and a sense of satisfaction began to manifest. Time and again we found ourselves commenting on how much we liked the particular piece being varnished. It was a good feeling.

We are nomads
Mixed media on board, 12x12" / 30x30cm
© 2012 Megan Chapman & Stewart Bremner.

Originally, we had intended to make more than the fifteen 12x12" pieces that we are showing. Knowing the space that the exhibition was to be held in, we originally estimated that somewhere between twenty to thirty pieces would be needed to aqequately fill it. Yet as the body of work progressed and its complexities revealed themselves, we realised that making more than the fifteen would needlessly complicate the series and that was something that these intricate pieces would not suffer. We further realised that by showing this smaller number of paintings, each piece will be given more impact, pulling patrons deeper into each of their universes. Quite simply, it will demonstrate clearly our conifdence in this work.

In a few days time, we will be hanging these pieces at the Art Center of the Ozarks. It hardly seems like any time has passed since we started this work and yet it has been almost two months since we took delivery of our expertly-crafted panels from local makers Perrodin Supply Co. It seems hard to believe what we have created in that time, pieces that neither of us could have created individually.

While a place called home might not exist for us temporally, a place called home absolutely exists when we paint.

A place called home
Megan Chapman and Stewart Bremner
July 3-27,
Art Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, Arkansas

Reception: Tuesday July 10th 6-8pm  
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