Lucy is a painter from West Gippsland with an interest in diverse styles and techniques ranging from Botanical Art (water colour, wax pencils on paper) to Nature Surrealism (acrylics and oils on canvas).
For the Nature Surrealism she forms a list of inclusions to make up a collage and then searches for photographic images of these inclusions in books and magazines. These images are cut and pasted into a collage that she then transcribes into a painting on canvas. This transcription presents a further opportunity for creative expression, with some elements of the collage being expanded, contracted, or even deleted in the context of the finished work.
Over a number years she has felt privileged to study formally in a range of courses at a number of institutions and venues: the Melbourne School of Art in 1986; GippsTAFE in Newborough where she graduated with Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) in 2009; Studies in Botanical Art with Diane Emery at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne in 2012; Studies in Botanical Art with Jenny Phillips at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne in 2013; graduating from Monash University (Gippsland School of Art and Design) with a Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts in 2016 where she completed undergraduate studies with Ros Atkins (Print Making) and Storm Gold (Painting).
In addition to Botanical Art and Nature Surrealism, there is a range of artistic periods that continue to inspire Lucy, from Classicism to Impressionism and Realism. It is the work of these periods and the succession of teachers, fellow students and courses studied that have combined to influence her work today.
Lucy's work has been shown at solo exhibitions at Lillico Glass Studio (Lillico, 2012) and ARC Yinnar (Yinnar, 2010), at joint exhibitions at the Old Butter Factory (Drouin, 2010) and West Gippsland Arts Centre (Warragul 2008), and many group exhibitions between 2018 and 2015. In 2017 her work will be featured at the Station Gallery (Yarragon, August and October) where she will also be presenting a Botanical Theme Workshop for beginners at the Station Gallery (Yarragon: 10:30am-12:30pm Thursdays October 13, 20 and 27). Bookings for these workshops can be made by emailing Lucy.Chapman1@bigpond.com or telephoning 0400 135 177.
Her work can be found at Monash University's School of Rural Health (Churchill) and in numerous private collections. Lucy is currently involved with a major project of 24 Nature-Surrealist images created from collages inspired by the 24 respective songs of Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle.