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Over the past decade Malcolm Cheape’s prolific output of paintings has earned him a reputation as one of the United Kingdom’s leading marine artists. This solo exhibition showcases a substantial body of his distinctive work, embracing both historical and contemporary subject matter. A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, he currently lives and works in Tayside and Fife. Much of his inspiration comes from the past and present maritime communities of Scotland with his subject matter embracing both our coastal fishing fleets and the deep-sea endeavours of whalers, warships and merchantmen. An avid natural historian, his work reflects his detailed research on the history and mythology surrounding shipping vessels, as well as a fascination with the form the evolution of fish and shellfish.
Maritime historian and archaeologist, Dr R G W Prescott of the University of St Andrews and Chairman, National Historic Ships said of his work, “I am frequently disappointed by the work of present day marine artists whose work often seems lifeless and insipid to me. Not so with Malcolm Cheape’s paintings however, which I find deeply satisfying because of their authenticity and ability to evoke the vital spirit of ships and boats. Put plainly, they are convincing and simply beautiful to look at.”
Working primarily in ink and acrylic paint his clever usage of collage – including Scottish poetry, financial records, engineering drawings, hydrological charts, and mythological iconography – makes his work so unique. Malcolm is a regular exhibitor in galleries across Scotland, England, and overseas and at the Pittenweem Arts Festival. His work is in many public collections including the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, the Perth Art Gallery, the McLean Collection in the Greenock Art Gallery, and in many private collections around the world.