As a printmaker, Alan Chapman has exhibited widely in the U.K.; at the Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery; the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; the Edinburgh Filmhouse; Dumfries Gracefield Art Centre; Glasgow Print Studio, and the DCA Print Studio, Dundee.
Arts projects and exhibitions include “Between the Lines”, artists’ books and prints in collaboration with poets, Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews 2000; “The Tempest”, prints inspired by Shakespeare’s last play, Edinburgh Festival Fringe exhibition, Netherbow Arts Centre (later at the Christopher Boyd Gallery, Galashiels, and Cleveland and Redcar Museum); “Gormenghast”, drawings for stage set projections, Theatre Paradok, Edinburgh, 2012; “Land of Shadows”, Tolkein-inspired, interactive touring installation, exhibition and workshops; and “Out of This World”, interactive installation etc. about space, for East Lothian Council Museum Service; “Lewis Chessmen” arts workshops, and the “Etruscan Mural Project” at the National Museum of Scotland;
Alan has work in a number of collections, including the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, and H.M. Prison Shotts, as well as in private collections in Europe, Australia and the U.S.A.
His current work, a series of hidden landscapes of geological strata, draws on research and practice in innovative acrylic printmaking and painting techniques, which he began as an art student in the 1970s.
“The impetus behind this work is the belief that if we’re going to leave anything behind us, it’s likely to be a layer of more or less indestructible plastic.
Plastic waste seems to be as integral to our environment as soil, sand and rock. It seemed natural to make work about this as it fits with the process of collaging, layering and printing – exploring ways of handling paint, which free it from its original surface.”