Biography

Chiswell has been described as a contemporary classicist. Her work uses form and figure to explore themes as varied as world issues, to the minutiae of relationships. Her paintings can be likened to a crime scene where clues are left to suggest an underlying cryptic narrative that explores her interaction with the world. In much of her work she uses symbolism that embraces a dual meaning and frequently an opposing one. She invites the viewer to decipher and acknowledge the canvas as a portal to another world where there is freedom to create or manipulate anything. Although the work is often intense and introspective it challenges the viewer to explore and recognise feelings of common experience.

Corrie Chiswell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1963. Her family is originally from the Western Isles but she spent most of her early years in the Scottish Borders and Central Highlands. She studied art at Fettes College where she was taught by the Scottish painter John Brown RSA, and won ‘The Andrew Campell Memorial Prize for Art’. She accepted a place at Exeter College Oxford in 1982 and graduated with a Batchelor of Fine Art, specialising in painting, from The Ruskin School of Drawing. She left Oxford in 1985 and traveled extensively, living and working from her studios in Australia and America until 1995, when she returned to the United Kingdom. In both countries she painted murals in public and private buildings, while creating smaller works on canvas. She moved to Wales in 1996 and now works from her studio in Cardiff.