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Gothic Scenes: The Art Portfolio of Rebecca Chaperon


A painting of a fantasy scene with a pool of waterSpellwork, acrylic on canvas

Rebecca Chaperon is an artist based in Vancouver, BC, who specializes in dreamy, gothic scenes and narrative illustrations. The artist works in a lush, painterly style with deeply saturated hues of green, blue, and pink.


A painting of a lone woman with snakesSnake Lake, acrylic on canvas

 

I really enjoy the somewhat gestural quality of Rebecca’s painting style, and the way the artist adjusts her technique to be more -- or less -- detailed when a figure or scene demands it. The resulting work contains moments of strict volume and hard geometric edges, interspersed with ghostly, melting figures that leave the viewer with a sense of something uncanny.


A page from Rebecca Chaperon's online art portfolioRebecca's Imprint series on her art portfolio website

 

Rebecca’s figures – usually alone, and usually female – seem to reference and represent a witchy attitude. Her lone figures, while surrounded by bizarre wilderness and crystalline forms, seem confident and somehow powerful. Though the artist’s paintings lean into the paranormal and the supernatural, her “characters” have a refreshing sense of agency therein.


A painting of a figure in black in a warm-hued settingShadow Self, acrylic on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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