Award Winner Sparks Debate

Controversial artist Michael J Chappell who has twice been a winner in the Bridport Open Art competition with assemblages using “objets trouvé”, (rubbish off the beach including a dead seagull!) is likely once again to cause a heated debate at a joint exhibition with Marie Blake at the Octagon in Yeovil, as to whether his work is art or just a load of old rubbish!

David Brooke the event organiser said: “Michael’s assemblages, which are fast becoming very collectable are sometimes humorous, often controversial but never dull and we want to bring a wide diversity of art to the Creative Arts at the Octagon.

“People should come and see it for themselves and make up their own mind.”

There are no dead birds this time, but Michael’s work does include old footwear, rope, worn out tyres, driftwood, rusty metal and other detritus washed up on local beaches.

Michael who has suffered much abuse from his critics as well as a great praise from art collectors said: “Artists make art, it is up to others to decide about the merit of the work and although I do not court controversy, I would rather be berated than ignored.”

Alongside Marie Blake’s thought provoking paintings and prints, Michael is showing what is for some the more acceptable side of his work, with his much sought after land and seascape paintings, which capture the very essence of our British climate.

Western Gazette: 5th May 2005 13:40:00

 

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