Devil is in the detail at new art exhibition in Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Devil is in the detail at new art exhibition in Rugby

Andy Morris 23rd Aug, 2017   0

‘BRING a magnifying glass’ – that is the advice of the man behind Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s latest exhibition, which opens on Saturday (August 26).

Guy Chapman says his ‘Imaginaria’ exhibition is designed to “capture one’s imagination, encouraging the question why something is in a certain place”.

Guy has “hidden in plain view” tiny details in his pieces, such as a small owl or a single yellow ladybird, to draw viewers in to examine the artworks in detail.

He said: “My inspirations for this is mixed really. I read Tolkien and CS Lewis a great deal when I was very young, and became readily lost in these amazing worlds of mystery.

“Mixed with an interest in history and a very fertile imagination, I started to doodle pictures of knights and castles and in 1992 drew ‘Conqueror’ which really set the mould.

“I’ve always drawn from as young as I can remember and it’s the only thing I actually do (work-wise) that gives me real peace.

“In the ‘90s I worked for EMI Records during which time I drew a number of portraits for various music artists (including Meatloaf, Adam Ant and Thunder) but since I became redundant there my work took me to a number of roles, none of which were in the slightest bit arty.

“In fact it was only as a result of another redundancy in the first few days of February 2016 that I took steps to solely concentrate on this natural gift, heavily prompted by my fiancée, an avid fan!”

Since then, Guy has exhibited in a number of local galleries, appeared in art markets, and illustrated a book – The Old Man of Tiritiri Matangi by Berni Albrighton, which will be launched in October.

He added: “When I have exhibited previously the most common remark is ‘I have never seen anything like this before, you find something new every time you look at it’.”

The exhibition runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s Floor One Gallery until Thursday September 7. Visit for more information and opening times.

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