Artist

Chica Seal

Chica was born in Lisbon and studied Fine Art at Brighton University. Chica is interested in the way women have been depicted throughout art history and how our ideals of beauty have changed; from voluptuous fertility goddesses, to the perfectly proportioned Venus. She relishes the relatively new phenomenon of being a woman painting women.

Her recent studies in Rome inspired her to look more closely at Classical sculpture and led to an interest in depicting cupids and angels in her work. She reinvents these figures in a unique style of her own - often contrasting the innocence and cheekiness of the cupid, with the sensual often erotic poses of her adult subjects. With their eyes often closed, her subjects evoke a dream-like state, caught somewhere between contented innocence and lustful ecstasy.

 

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Chica's Style

In this series reoccurring compositions and symbols emerge from references to mythology, medieval imagery and religious relics. Sleepy, Modesty and Heavenly Creatures are studies from Classical paintings and sculpture. 

Landed, Glove I, II & Pink Glove coincide with an interest in medieval imagery and folklore, which is part of a larger exploration looking into the personification of historic objects. In particular, the gloves displayed above the tomb of the Black Prince in Canterbury Cathedral, which eerily hang suspended above the tomb alongside other 'memorabilia') and the enormous gloves of The Giant of Altzo in the San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian.

"The idea of relics and how they evoke a larger point of interest and narrative is something that has been a part of my method in picture making over the past few years, encouraging a deconstruction of the figure and space within the environment. Making these works in the past few weeks in the studio, with the real reality of introspection and ones yearning for nature has become louder, as the surreal realisation of our own ‘plague’ constricts our contact with other people..." - Chica Seal

Drop 4 - Autumn 2020

"In this series I've been drawing imaginary landscapes whilst contemplating the meaning of home and an affinity to a place, but also finding wilderness in the ordinary spaces within normal life." - Chica Seal, Private Places

Relics, Landscape + Surreal Forms

"Simplification and concentration of colour and form, a meditation on recurring symbols and images within my practice which weave throughout my work" - Chica Seal

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    Healing hands
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  • Tree Hugger II
    Tree Hugger II | Chica Seal | Gouache on Paper | Partnership Editions
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  • Landed
    Landed
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  • Plucked
    Plucked | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Pink Glove
    Pink Glove
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  • Glove Two
    Glove Two
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  • Glove, One
    Glove, One
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  • Yellow Smile
    Yellow Smile | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Blue Hand
    Blue Hand | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Mixed Media | Partnership Editions
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Narrative Figures

"Works inspired by characters from literature and studies from Art History, through research leading to creating my own narrative and protagonists" - Chica Seal

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    Proud of Himself | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Naked Stroll Sold
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  • Healing hands Sold
    Healing hands
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  • Thinking Of The Moon Sold
    Thinking Of The Moon | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Healing Hands II
    Healing Hands II | Chica Seal | Gouache and Pastel on Paper | Partnership Editions
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  • Stealing Eggs
    Stealing Eggs | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Pink Rose
    Pink Rose | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • New Moon
    New Moon
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  • Listening
    Listening | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Dandelion Dancer
    Dandelion Dancer | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • Killing Eels
    Killing Eels | Chica Seal | Original Artwork | Partnership Editions
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  • The Surrealist
    The Surrealist | Chica Seal | Gouache on Paper | Partnership Editions
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Drop 2 - Spring / Summer 2020

'In this series reoccurring compositions and symbols emerge from references to mythology, medieval imagery and religious relics. Sleepy, Modesty and Heavenly Creatures are studies from Classical paintings and sculpture. Landed, Glove I, II & Pink Glove coincide with an interest in medieval imagery and folklore, which is part of a larger exploration looking into the personification of historic objects. In particular, the gloves displayed above the tomb of the Black Prince in Canterbury Cathedral, which eerily hang suspended above the tomb alongside other 'memorabilia' and the enormous gloves of The Giant of Altzo in the San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian. 

The idea of relics and how they evoke a larger point of interest and narrative is something that has been a part of my method in picture making over the past few years, encouraging a deconstruction of the figure and space within the environment. Making these works in the past few weeks in the studio, with the real reality of introspection and ones yearning for nature has become louder, as the surreal realisation of our own ‘plague’ constricts our contact with other people...' - Chica Seal

Drop 1 - Spring 2020

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