Things to see & do > Art Exhibition by David Chaplin
We currently have on show a collection of artwork by local artist David Chaplin.
The exhibition is a selection of paintings from the studio of David Chaplin covering a period of twenty fiver years. The paintings have been chosen to reflect the principles of the Suffolk Punch Trust and the Agricultural Heritage of Suffolk. Special emphasis is based on the Suffolk Horse which played a prominent part in the artist's life, both as source material and from direct experience of working them for many years.
David Chaplin's earliest experience of the Suffolk Horse were established at an early age during the years following the Second World War, He was brought up by his grandparents with a particular influence from his grandfather who was a Shepherd at Baylam Hall, Baylam, Suffolk and also used Suffolk horses in his work. This led to an affinity with the laborers who toiled on the land and through his paintings, their unrecorded voices can be heard. this experience provided lifelong inspiration in painting and writing.
The paintings on show do not fit into a particular "genre", largely because the artist has chosen to remain isolated from mainstream trends. the themes can be seen as a form of History Painting with a narrative based on past observations together with direct experience of the cart horse and it's environment.
The exhibition includes paintings undertaken after a visit to Romania, with the intention of witnessing farming being undertaken by horse power.
The exhibition is due to finish on the 19th July 2018