George Chapman

Based London
George Chapman


My work deals with urban spaces, particularly urban decay and disused spaces in cities. I’m interested in how these spaces function for pedestrians and residents; how they tell a history of emotional, social, and economic development of the city. I use a restricted colour palette in my paintings to evoke the memory or nostalgia of these spaces, as well as their alienation. Simple geometric compositions strip away the unnecessary details. The viewer is left to contemplate the feeling of an empty space, its memory and history.


2010 - BA Fine Art (Hons) from Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

2019 (group) Fronteer Open, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, UK
2019 (group) Superette, PADA Studios, Barreiro, Portugal
2017 (solo) GARAGE: a visual taxonomy of johannesburg, Art Hub, London, UK
2012 (group) Mistakes, 50 Canterbury Street, Cape Town, ZA
2011 (group) This Must Be The Place, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, ZA
2010 (group) I Can Never Sleep on Sundays, Michaelis Graduate Exhibition, Cape Town, ZA
2010 (group) A One Night Affair, A WORD OF ART, Cape Town, ZA
2009 (group) Proof of Life, VANSA, Cape Town, ZA


  • Judy Steinberg Award for painting, Michaelis School of Fine Art
  • Achievements & Goals

    • first solo exhibition in south London in 2017
    • completing the PADA Studios residency in August 2019
    • being accepted to do the Turps Art School off-site mentorship programme
  • Genre & Style

    • Mix of abstract and figurative painting with an emphasis on colour and empty urban spaces
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • Empty urban spaces 
    • Nostalgia
    • Wistful colour combinations.

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