The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that paintings by the current City of North Charleston Artist-in-Residence Quintin Chaplin, as well as photographs by local artist Richard Amble will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from December 6, 2018, through January 31, 2019. The artists will host a free public reception at the gallery on Thursday, December 6, from 5:00-7:00pm.
Quintin Chaplin is a local muralist, illustrator, and portrait artist. While he is skilled in many forms of two-dimensional media, the new works featured in his exhibition, The Culture, are primarily in acrylic and watercolor. In The Culture, Chaplin highlights a variety of themes and issues of modern society that we all face on a day to day basis. Many of the pieces combine imagery from politics, fashion, music, sports, movies, race, childhood, and religion, and explore their evolution through time.
A native of the Lowcountry, Quintin Chaplin graduated from R.B. Stall High School and earned an Associate’s Degree in Art from Trident Technical College in 2013 and a certificate from Pixar Animation Studios in Los Angeles, CA, in 2015. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Lowcountry and has received a number of awards from judged art competitions at the Coastal Carolina Fair, the North Charleston Arts Fest, and more. Quintin worked as an apprentice for Walt Disney animation studios, served as the artist-in-residence for Ladson Elementary School in 2012, and has offered art instruction in the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department’s after school and summer arts enrichment programs since 2017. He has also been creating murals, portraits, and other commissioned pieces for local businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals as a freelance artist since 2011. In addition, Quintin currently offers residencies to North Charleston schools and community groups as the City of North Charleston’s 2018/19 Artist-in-Residence.
Coastal Views – Photographs by Richard Amble
In Coastal Views, Richard Amble presents a series of drone photography captured off the coast of Morris Island in South Carolina. Amble is interested in the coastline as a subject because it is a unique place where sea life and land creatures coexist. “The beach environment is invigorated by the water, which provides the life sustaining minerals and material needed for food,” say Amble. “The ebb and flow of the seawater not only brings nourishment, but is part of the many rhythms of nature.” By using a drone, Amble is able to view the familiar Atlantic coastline from a bird’s eye view. The results are both familiar and abstract. This vantage point allows him to create compositions that display the interplay of earth tones mixed with the green and blue of algae and water, while also capturing patterns and structures created by low and high tide.
Richard Amble lives in Summerville, SC. He has worked as a high school educator, a photo studio manager, portrait and commercial photographer, and a media specialist for the Charleston County School District. He earned a BS in Biology from Mount Senario College and an MS in Educational Media from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, completed course work in Film Production at Trident Technical College, and is currently working toward an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University. Learn more about the artist at www.richardamble.artistwebsites.com.
The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in two corridors of the northwest corner of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 12-5pm, Wednesdays 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-7:30pm, and Fridays 11am-5pm. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Arts & Culture section of the City’s website.