Hugh Chapman Artist Statement 2019

I turned to art as a career after a life changing illness as a teenager.  I was lucky to survive; however life became very challenging. I found solace and a place of peace and understanding in the beauty and tangibility of the natural world.

Initially expressing my feelings through photography, I learned the significance of  light, contrast and reflection. This was to play a vital part of my transition  to bold, dynamic sculpture, creating choreographed forms and surfaces for light  to perform in symbiotic harmony.

My work is, and will be, a never-ending quest to translate my thoughts of, andemotions  about, this world into other worldly forms that align and complement  the world our home. It has been said by people that it is pointless to aim to create a work of beauty. I believe that, in this time, this is more important  than ever for human existence.

My ultimate goal as a sculptor is to create work that is of a positive psychological  impact. I will not become complacent and my work will evolve over time, like aliving organism. My intention will remain the same; to engage in a dialogue  between man’s practices and nature’s dynamics, rhythms and systems.


"Through the pursuit of beauty we shape the world as a home and, in doing so, we both amplify our joys and find consolation for our sorrows"

Roger Scruton

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hugh