Gordon J Cheape


I have always thought that when one stands in front of a painting and takes time to look at it, at that moment the viewer contributes to the work.

My goal is simple: for a dialogue to take place between painting and viewer.

Let me just explain 3 paintings in more detail:



Women and Children First: I painted this during the war in Bosnia, but it could be any war in any country. When a ship goes down, the cry is “women and children first” (to be saved) but in a war, it is women and children who suffer most. The reason for war is either a power struggle or religion, and often both. Hence the chessfigures of king and bishop, which the woman on the right is offering to you, the viewer. “Which colour would you like this time?” as it will, no doubt, start again....
The womens’ eyes follow you, wherever you are in the room.




The Kings’ Children: I painted this sea/landscape and in the end, put a little figure in it. When my wife saw this, it reminded her of a song, which all children in Germany used to learn, about two kings’ children, who loved one another but could not get together because the water was too deep... (with a tragic end). So I put a second figure in the painting, and we called it the Kings’Children.




3 Women in a Gallery: Each of these women stands in exactly the same spot in the same gallery, looking at the same painting. But each of them has a completely different personality and history, a different taste..... Just as different as you, the viewers of my artwork, will be.


Except for Christa >>  and Elisabeth >> , all the portraits have something of someone - and a lot of imagination.



You can find my CV here.