Sean Chappell @ Elaine Fleck Gallery

Hi All!

I wanted to let you know about a little development that has come my way. It involves me, my art and the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto, Ontario. So, you see...

A little while back, I decided that in order to progress as an artist I needed to get professional help with my painting. This included a professional perspective on the body of work I've been producing, The Truth About Cats and Pumpkins series.

Back in March I joined in the opening celebration of a new show at the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto in support of an old class mate, Todd Lawson. He had a piece in the group show with half a dozen other artists. After the show I went on to the gallery website to see what was coming up in the way of future exhibitions. What caught my attention was that they did portfolio reviews.

Fast forward a couple of months...

Sean Chappell - Red Fracture - Surrealism painting - modern surreal art - cats, pumpkins and ten percent Sean Chappell - Red Fracture - Surrealism painting - Modern surreal art - cats, pumpkins, birds, flying heart  Sean Chappell - Red Fracture - Surrealism painting - Modern surreal art - cats, pumpkins, cosmic universe
Two of these pieces are available for sale (one was a commission and is spoken for, sorry!)

After completing three new works in The Truth About Cats and Pumpkins series I felt that I had enough polished work to present it to Elaine and get her feedback on where I was going. Although our interview over Zoom didn't yield too many technical responses, our conversations about energy, the Cosmic Universe, intent in the work and what factors go in to a professional presentation (in a gallery setting that is) had us realizing that the gallery and I had quite a bit in common and Elaine offered me a spot in a group show in December. Of course, I took it :)

Fast forward another week...

I received a call from Elaine asking if I'd be willing to push up the date of my inclusion in the show to August when an earlier group show was taking place. I mulled it over for a night thinking there wasn't enough time believing it was July and that I'd have less than a month to get the painting done. Then I woke up, realized it was June and that I'd have 2 WHOLE MONTHS to get the painting done. Problem solved! I called Elaine back and accepted her proposal.

That's when I jumped into planner mode. I broke out one of my dry erase calendars, marked down the dates of the exhibition (August 14th to 29th) and my final delivery date for the gallery (August 12th - noon) and then worked backwards to see just how much time I had to get the work done. As it turned out, after sourcing materials and building my panel I'd have a little over 3 weeks to get the painting completed and ready for a couple of finishing touches: scanning at Colourgenics in T.O. and then on to the framer (3 weeks).

Sean Chappell - Red Fracture - Surrealism painting - Modern surreal art - cats, pumpkins and a cosmic octopus

Look at the size of that thing! Wow!

The work itself is an ambitious piece and, at 5 feet by 4 feet, it is the biggest painting I will have completed since I finished my schooling at York University in 2000. I already wanted to work bigger and when Elaine asked me for something big I knew we were in energetic alignment once again. It's really going to be something to see :)

This will be another painting in The Truth About Cats and Pumpkins series and features a couple of cat astronauts in old timey, 60's era B film space suits hitching a ride on a pumpkin rocket that is blasting off to journey to The Cosmic Octopus (Yeah. I know. But I'm a surrealist so just go with it.) It's a painting that describes the microscopic and the macroscopic and how the two of them are iterations of each other only differing in scale.It's about the inter-connectivity of all things. I'm also tying in to the surreal practice of reproducing the same shape or image in a painting over and over but using different imagery; a head nod to my predecessors.

I'm on track to having my panel completed in one week and then, barring any unforeseen interruptions, I will begin painting in earnest on June 29th. For 3 weeks I will officially be unavailable for anything other than painting; 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. I will be a machine and I'm going to make this fabulous!

I plan to be posting daily updates of my progress  to my facebook pages for Sean Chappell and Red Fracture so if you're not following me already, drop by and join the fun. And when the show comes around in August, I hope we can have a proper opening and you will be able to join me in person to see the painting live!

For all the details, click here for the Elaine Fleck Gallery's page outlining the exhibition. We'll see you there :)

For now, that is all!


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