Chelsea Davine

1971, London, UK. Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

Chelsea Davine was born in London but for the past 25 years has made Barcelona her home. She is a painter using primarily oil on canvas or black steel. She embeds copper, gold and silver leaf between thin washes of paint or ‘velos’. Light infuses her work and reflects the world around her. Her inspiration comes from the Pyrenees or the ‘Costa Brava’ coastline recording the passage of time and ebb and flow of the Sea. Chelsea captures fleeting moments as the seasons change using techniques such as ‘Chiaroscuro’ to create depth or Palladian’s theory of harmony in richly layered, elegant abstract paintings.

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Chelsea Davine

Deep Red Woods

2023
130 x 130 cm

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Autumn Meridian

2022
110 x 110 cm

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Nightfall

2023
130 x 130 cm

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Archipelago

2022
Ø 110 cm

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Blue Mountains

2022
100 x 160 cm

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Looking West With Gold

2021
100 x 160 cm
2021
200 x 160 cm

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Exhale – Inhale II (Diptych)

2022
162 x 228 cm

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Winter Dawn III

2023
140 x 200 cm

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Silver Abstract

2023
140 x 200 cm

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Winter Dawn

2022
160 x 140 x 3.5 cm

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Silver Leaves

70 x 70 cm

Chelsea Davine

For her, metal is a canvas on which she studies the effect of time, water and oxygen – mixing diluted nitric and hydrochloric acid and using it to corrode the protective oily skin that preserves the surface of steel, then scratching it to encourage rust. From this, layer by layer, she creates three-dimensional abstracts – paint sculptures – where textures and colours merge and change with alterations in the light.

The art critic Alex Bahna said that Chelsea wants to bring out the whole harmonious, elemental process in her work, or as she puts it: “Make something beautiful and delicate out of something as uncompromising as steel, stone, copper or lead.”

However it is not the purity and permanence of the metal that interests Chelsea, but how it ages.

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Chelsea Davine | Exhibitions and Art Fairs

2022

  • Sit & Wonder Solo Show, The Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • Spring Artist Highlight, Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Affordable Art Fair London, London, UK
  • New Collection, Villa del Arte Galleries, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2021

  • Golden Hour Solo Show, Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Solo Show, The Nordic Art Agency, Malmö, Sweden
  • Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden

2020

  • Red & Gold Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Hansa Loves Art, The Nordic Art Agency, Malmö, Sweden
  • Studio Summer Show, Barcelona, Spain
  • Summer Group Collective, The Russell Gallery, August 2020

2019

  • Solo Show, 60 Threadneedle Street, London, UK
  • Chiaroscuro, The Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Affordable Art Fair, New York, USA
  • Fira d’Art Sitges, Spain
  • Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London, UK
  • Group Show Green Gallery, Buchlyvie, Scotland
  • Solo Show, Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK
  • Solo Show, ‘Barcelona Collection’, The Nordic Art Agency, Malmö, Sweden
  • Summer Collective, The Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London, UK
  • Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Winter Collective, Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK

2018

  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Group show Pop-Up Malmo, Nordic Art Agency, Sweden
  • The Other Art Fair, Saatchi Art
  • ‘Rooms’ Green Gallery, Scotland
  • AAF New York Spring, New York
  • Nordic Art Fair, Nordic Art Agency, Copenhagen
  • AAF Hampstead Autumn, London, UK
  • Stories from the City – Stories from the Sea, Solo Show, Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis, UK
  • Artist Exposé, Nordic Art Agency, Malmo, Sweden
  • START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, Eclectic Gallery, UK
  • AAF Battersea Autumn, London, UK

2017

  • “FLOW”, solo show at Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • AAF New York Spring, New York, USA
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016

  • AAF Hong Kong, China,
  • “INSTANT”, Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis, UK
  • Bazaar Art Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • AAF London Hampstead, UK
  • AAF London Battersea, UK
  • AAF Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015

  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
  • Villa del Arte Galleries, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Art Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Winter exhibition, Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • “Broadchurch and its Landscape”, Shed Gallery, The Salthouse,
  • West Bay, UK
  • Open Studio, Lyme Regis, UK
  • AAF London Hampstead, UK
  • AAF London Battersea, UK
  • AAF Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • AAF Brussels, Belgium
  • AAF New York Fall, New York, USA
  • 20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • “Tallers oberts”, Barcelona, Spain
  • Chelsea Art Fair, London, UK
  • Summer exhibition, Russell Gallery, London, UK

2014

  • AAF London Hampstead, UK
  • AAF London Battersea, UK
  • AAF Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • AAF Brussels, Belgium
  • AAF New York Fall, New York, USA
  • 20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • “Tallers oberts”, Barcelona, Spain
  • Chelsea Art Fair, London, UK
  • Summer exhibition, Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • AAF Stockholm, Sweden
  • AAF Hamburg, Germany
  • AAF Singapore, Singapore
  • AAF Milan, Italy
  • AAF Hong Kong, China
  • “MUSE”, Shed Gallery, The Malthouse, Lyme Regis, UK
  • Summer exhibition, Go Figurative Gallery, London, UK
  • “Arboretum”, with Barry Cawston, Soraya Schofield and Anthony Garrett, Shed Gallery, UK
  • Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Florida, USA
  • Naples Art, Antique and Jewelry Show, Florida, USA
  • AAF New York Spring, New York, USA

2013

  • AAF London Battersea, UK
  • AAF Seattle, Washington, USA
  • “July Solo Show”, Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • “Arboretum”, Shed Gallery, collective exhibition touring show, UK
  • “Albion”, Cock n Bull Gallery, Shoreditch, London, UK
  • AAF Stockholm, Sweden
  • AAF Hamburg, Germany
  • AAF Singapore, Singapore

2012

  • Coast exhibition, The Malthouse, Lyme Regis, UK
  • “Women in Art 2012”, The Gallery at MOA Miami with Crisolart Galleries, Florida, USA
  • “Albion”, Lyme Regis, UK
  • AAF Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Arthaus Gallery, London, UK
  • 20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • AAF London Battersea, UK

2011

  • Solo show at Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • Launch of the Shed Photography, The Malthouse, Lyme Regis, UK
  • Solo show/open studio, Lyme Regis, UK
  • “Looking out, Looking in”, Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis, UK
  • AAF London Hampstead, UK
  • Christmas show, Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • “Travel”, Shed Gallery Barcelona, Spain
  • 20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • AAF London Battersea, UK

2010

  • Artist in Residence, Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis, UK
  • ARTSFEST, Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis, UK
  • 20/21 International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • AAF London Battersea, UK

2009

  • “Evidence of Life”, solo show, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • Art Fair, Geneva, Switzerland
  • “Exhibited Abstracted – Distracted”, Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • Casa Decor, Barcelona, Spain
  • Christmas exhibition, Russell Gallery, London, UK
  • AAF London Battersea, UK

2008

  • Solo show (painting, sculpture, photography), C/Mallorca, Barcelona, Spain

2007

  • Founded Milk Interiors/Design Studio & Gallery, Barcelona, Spain