Saturday, 22 June 2013

Through time and distance

Cross Street Arts presents Through time and distance, an exhibition of new works by American artist Megan Chapman and Scottish artist Stewart Bremner. Chapman and Bremner met several years ago on a popular photography website and developed a friendship and respect for each other's art. Over time, the two artists found themselves in a relationship that spanned an ocean.

Both artists, each with their own voices and accomplished in their own right, share similar themes in their abstract works. Chapman explores her family's past as she traces them through time back to Scotland and Bremner explores the couple's relationship and the distance between them.

Megan Chapman was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Oregon. Chapman has shown her work over the past seventeen years in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington State, Washington D.C., Philadelphia PA, as well as overseas in Liverpool, England and most recently in Edinburgh, Scotland. Chapman’s work has appeared in various publications and is held in numerous private collections throughout the United States as well as internationally. Chapman recently received funding to travel Scotland for a period of six months to create a series of new works that combine genealogy, poetry and painting. Chapman is debuting ten of these new works at Cross Street Arts.

Stewart Bremner is an abstract artist from Edinburgh, Scotland. He has been creating and showing his art for over a decade, across both the United Kingdom and the United States. Most recently he has had been featured in two exhibitions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy's 2012 Annual Open Exhibition. Bremner's work deals directly with this relationship. In his words “long-distance relationships are complicated, although at the same time can seem undeniably romantic. I created these paintings as a way to explore my thoughts and reactions to this reality. Thoughts of longing and the sea play a large part in this work.”

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