Chris Seaber

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Chris Seaber was born in London in 1947. He studied at Camberwell, Falmouth and The Royal College of Art and since leaving the RCA in 1971, and in parallel with his teaching, has continued to make paintings, drawings and associated works.

'My work revolves around ideas that can be instigated by any event or encounter. The starting point for these investigations can be as varied as the work produced. Something seen, heard, read or remembered can spark the initial engagement. The resulting body of work has produced collections of drawings and paintings far abstracted from the original source of engagement — but each group of works is bound together by a consistent theme.

The one off drawing is a rarity.

Over the years I have often returned to particular themes but, unlike Morandi who in essence painted the same still life group for most of his life, it is the initial idea or the source of that idea that becomes again the starting point for the new works - a familiar point of departure that results in a new journey and an unfamiliar destination.

I produce what I consider and call paintings and drawings. Although these works move into three dimensions outwards from the picture plane the point of reference is a two dimensional surface. Consequently I have never felt the need to be loyal to any particular medium but rather endeavour to find the right materials and format for the current body of work through constant testing and re-evaluation. I am interested in the creative journey that making any painting or drawing offers and the examination and necessary fixing of the depiction of a vision or idea as it occurs. The experience between idea and realisation is, to me, an essential part of the creative process. Things occur along the creative journey and as in any journey the travelling is as important as the imagined or sought destination.

I give my works titles and these titles are central to the themes that I am currently exploring – whether the suggested title is overt or covert, as I am very interested in written language and the possibility that the interpretation of words can offer to the spectator. I am particularly intrigued by words that can have a multitude of meanings and interpretations and the use of these words possible engagement with my work —the titles of my pieces are an integrated part of the work.'

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