George Chapman


My work deals with urban spaces, particularly urban decay and disused spaces in cities. I am interested in how these spaces function for pedestrians and residents; how they tell a history of emotional, social, and economic development of the city.

I use colour and negative space to evoke the memory or nostalgia of these 'non-places', which are ambiguously represented between abstract and figurative painting. Simple geometric compositions strip away the unnecessary details. The viewer is left to contemplate the feeling of an empty space, its memory and history.

My paintings represent a part of the whole: an attempt to document the ephemeral, transitional nature of cities.


Born 1988, Cape Town, ZA

Graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT

Lives and works in London, GB


Solo & joint

2021 Funhouse (with Will Thorburn), Space Gallery, Folkestone, GB

2017 GARAGE: a visual taxonomy of johannesburg, Art Hub, London, GB


2021 Abstract, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, GB

2021 Turps Off-site Leavers Show, Thames-side Studios Gallery, London, GB

2021 Norval Foundation x Art Gazette, Norval Foundation, Cape Town, ZA

2019 Fronteer Open, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, GB

2019 Group show, Ad Lib Gallery, London, GB

2019 Superette, PADA Studios, Barreiro, PT

2012 Mistakes, 50 Canterbury Street, Cape Town, ZA

2011 This Must Be The Place, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2010 I Can Never Sleep on Sundays, Michaelis Graduate Exhibition, Cape Town, ZA

2010 A One Night Affair, A WORD OF ART, Cape Town, ZA

2009 Proof of Life, VANSA, Cape Town, ZA

Residencies & programmes

2020-21 Turps Art School off-site programme, London, GB

2019 PADA Studios, Barreiro, PT

Awards, collections, publications & interviews

2021 Turps Off-site Leavers Show exhibition catalogue

2020 Contributing artist for Art Gazette

2020 In conversation with Saskia Fleishman for PADA's Long Range Studio Visits

2017 Interview with Hazel Brown for Discovering Tottenham

2010 I Can Never Sleep on Sundays exhibition catalogue

2010 Michaelis School of Art graduate exhibition catalogue

2010 Judy Steinberg Award for painting, Michaelis School of Fine Art

2010 Work selected for inclusion in the University of Cape Town Art Collection