Alison Chapman-Andrews

Dunloe Coach House
Dunlow Lane
St. Michael 
Barbados , West Indies.                   

Tel 246 429 4897

Artist in her studio. Photographer Eric Belgrave

Artist Statement 

"Although trained in English art schools, my" art vocabulary" was developed in the West Indian landscape. I drew in Barbados and Guyana where the rural environment became my inspiration and my subject. As the subject was familiar and not "difficult", I was free to pursue my own interpretations and impose my ideas, which have changed through many phases.

 When I arrived in Barbados 40 years ago, I saw reminders of England in cultivated cane fields and plantation houses beneath avenues of royal palms. This interest changed to exploring the gullies, formed by collapses of caves in a limestone landscape. I showed the moon with its energy animating masculine trunks. The moon positions in the composition became like the final square in a board game.

The focus of my painting and my life has narrowed and simplified lately. Current works are often single trees, or plants.  A Christmas palm in my garden is often seen up close, drawn from observation, and records changes in light or growth.

Being a full time teacher meant never having to make a living from my art, so I enjoy the luxury of making art for myself. I still believe that the next painting produced will be the one to succeed totally. This continual search for a successful personal outcome is what it seems to be about. All I can do is keep making, composing, working. Fortunately each painting, magically, seems to carry within it the germ of the next.

 The space created ,when making art, is the only place where the relentlessness of time passing seems to slow down."




1942   Born Hertford, England.. Alison Armstrong

1968   Married Paul Chapman-Andrews (land surveyor)

1971 Resident of Barbados , 1980 Citizen

1985 Married Stanley Greaves (Guyanese painter )

Art Studies 

1959-63  Walthamstow School of Art , S.W.E.T.C. London E.17. studied printmaking, sculpture, drawing, mural painting, art history.

1963-66  Royal College of Art, Painting School, South Kensington, London . awarded A.R.C.A .in Painting

Teaching Experience

In England;

1967-68 Lecturer in drawing, College of Art and Industrial Design, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1968-69 Art teacher, Holloway Boys School, London.

In Barbados:

1971 - 88 Full time art teacher. The St Michaels School, Barbados.


1996     Part of the gold medal winning Barbadian submission. Santo Domingo Bieninal 

1985 & 86   Purchase awards: Art Collection Foundation (Barbados)

2006     Lifetime Achievement Award

2007    Governors Award, Central Bank Barbados, Crop Over Visual Arts.

Solo Exhibitions   

10 in Barbados, including:

1988     "In Retrospect", Queens Park Gallery,  Bridgetown, Barbados

1997     "Sugar Hill Gully ", Queens Park, Barbados

1999     "Sugar Hill Gully 2" Art Foundry West, Barbados.

2000       "In the Land ", Barbados Gallery of Art.,Barbados

2000        "Watercolours and Prints" Coach House , Barbados

2003         'Palms" Zemicon Gallery, Barbados.

2006          Lifetime Achievement Award Show, Grande Salle, Central Bank, Barbados

2009     "Robes of Power". Zemicon Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados

2013   "Two Colourists" show with Tracey Williams, Gallery of Caribbean Art, Speightstown, Barbados

Selected Group Shows

1994      Fourth Biennial, Quenca, Ecuador

1992 94 96 Caribbean and Central American Biennial of Painting, Santo Domingo

1996,    "Barbadian Art" The Gallery, 28 Cork St. London. 

1998,  2000. "Imagers 21" prints at  Art Foundry , & Queens Park, Barbados

2001  "Between Lines", Cariforo Travelling Show, Caribbean "Barbadiana 2" Gallery de L'Image, Paris

2002   Collage and Coincidence, Queens Park with Nick Whittle

2003   Carifesta, Suriname. 2006 Carifesta, Trinidad

2004   Barbadiana3 Paris, Brussels, Ottawa, Montreal and 2005 Queens Park, Barbados

2004     Figure Show Caribbean Gallery of Art Speightsown, Barbados

2005     Barbadiana 4 Paris, Vienna, Brussels

2008   Barbadiana , prints., Paris, Brussels.Barbados

2009    Miniatures, Main Guard, Garrison,Barbados

2010  Alison Chapman -Andrews Collection , Queens Park Gallery, Barbados

2011 Caribbean Mosaic, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados


Barbados Gallery of Art

Barbados Museum

University of West Indies

National Gallery Committee, Barbados

Hilton Hotel Collection,Barbados

Central Bank, Barbados



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