Introducing Felipe Chavez
We are delighted to introduce Felipe Chavez, our Open Call competition winner for 2019. Felipe is a bundle of talent and joy, one of the happiest chaps you’ll meet, who takes his art seriously but always with a smile.
We were particularly taken with the paired-back simplicity of his work. It’s not an easy thing to leave empty space; many artists fall into the trap of needing to fill a canvas or paper with as much as possible. Felipe is the opposite.
Growing up in Colombia, from a young age he saw his potential within the arts and decided to study art in college and with a plan to start a degree in architecture; he found himself fascinated by the 3D form, but not how its purpose preceded its figure. By prioritising conceptualism over structure, he soon decided to withdraw his university application and concentrate his career on the practice of fine art. Self-taught, Felipe draws inspiration from artist such as Emil Alzamora with his figurative isolating sculptures, Egon Schiele, and the dark mind of Berlinde De Bruyckere.
In the last few years Felipe has explored his medium and is constantly learning more about the beauty of its textures. Loving to work in ink, with its reaction seeming mysteriously hollow, forcing the viewer to look around the page and submerse themselves into its forms. As a consequence, his recent collection of works have become the perfect hosts to portray the subtleness of the ink and the rawness of Felipe’s aesthetic, each subject in this series shows an intentional darkness contrasted with its figure that engages and haunts the audience.
Find Felipe’s collection on our artists page and follow our news section for upcoming exhibitions. Exciting things to come for Felipe and we cannot wait to work with him.
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