Here is the first in an ongoing series of interviews where I will ask the same 20 questions of different artists. First up is Mark Chapman.
20 Questions to Mark Chapman (radarcommunication.com)
1: Who are you?
2: What is your background?
Originally studied graphic design, I now produce visual art
3: Where were you born?
Bebington, Wirral. Have now lived in Liverpool for about 18 years. Family are originally from Sheffield and Leicester
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.
Visual art / mixed media art. Based on themes including recyclying and reusing, symmetry, and modern communication
5: How has your practice changed over time?
My work is often based on themes, with work produced in a series and often accompanied by a book – Symmetry Series, etc
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
Mixed! I like to combine painting and photography with digital
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?
Recycling, reusing, symmetry, media and communication
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?
I’m also a trainer/assessor, helping to develop and update skills in others, often to help them get back into employment
9: What research do you do for your art?
I enjoy reading Wired magazine, TED talks, and papers such as the Guardian
10: What makes you angry?
Small minded people!
11: What is your favourite colour?
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced?
The first works I produced and sold were based on symmetry, so probably these pieces
13: What music/album are you currently listening to?
I recently saw Young Fathers (at Skelmersdale library). Their current album is ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’
14: What makes you happy?
When people like my work! Or cycling, hiking, traveling
15: What are your favourite films?
2001 Space Odyssey, Tron, Usual Suspects, and more…
16: Favourite place?
Iceland, land of fire and ice!
17: One or more artists you like?
Rauschenberg, Richter, Tapies, and many less well known (and more local ones)
18: What is your favourite word?
‘Regards’, its at the end of very email, and yet rarely said verbally
19: Professionally what is your goal?
Bigger and better. Would like to work collaboratively to produce work that combines art, design and technology. Would also like to exhibit abroad – Delhi and New York
20: What would your dream commission be?