“No artist tolerates reality” – Nietzsche
“Doug has been described as a ‘pivotal artist who has redefined the creative photographic landscape’”.
I am primarily influenced by and draw inspiration from Abstract Expressionist painters such as Hodgkin, Feiler, Rae and Ryman. My gestural work eschews topography, aiming to distil the rhythm, rhyme and flow of the landscape through poetic visual expressions.
With the camera as my principal medium, mirroring my painted mixed media abstracts, I attempt to create intuitive abstracted works which layer texture, colour and form to create a deeply emotional and expressive response to the natural and built environment.
Much of my time is devoted to teaching – I have a passion for creative thinking and relish encouraging students worldwide to discover their own unique artistic voice.
I have exhibited widely in the UK and overseas, being in demand as a public speaker, have taught at the Bradford College of Art and my first book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’ has now sold out.
When not making art, I derive great pleasure from making (rather poor) furniture and spending time with my wife, Beth and our two exuberant dogs, Eddie and Lily.
|March 2023||Group Poetry & Art Exhibition to celebrate World Poetry Day – Three poems featured – ‘This Abandoned Night’, ‘Restless Sea’ and ‘Beneath a Malachi Moon’. Exhibited at Shipley Underground Market, Yorkshire.|
|March 2023||Feature in Haus-a-rest Zine – Poem ‘Daughters of Memory’ and accompanying image. – First published poem.|
|January 2023||International Group Project – ‘Grief Letter Project – UK’ – In conjunction with artist, Natalia Millman|
|November 2022||International Group Exhibition – ‘Abstract Rhythms and Blue Notes’ – Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, Kent, UK.|
|September 2022||International Group Exhibition – ‘Abstract Rhythms and Blue Notes’ – Sohn Gallery, Lennox, MA, USA.|
|September 2022||Speaker & Workshop Leader International Master Artist Series – Lennox, MA, USA.|
|2021||International Group Project – ‘Sketchbook Project’ – Brooklyn Library, New York City, USA.|
|2018||Group exhibition – Light & Land – ‘Evolving Landscapes’ – The OXO Gallery, The South Bank, London.|
|2018||Group exhibition – Vision 9 – ‘The Touch of a Vanished Hand’ – The OXO Gallery, The South Bank, London.|
|2016||Solo exhibition – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ – The Peak District National Park Visitor Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire.|
|2014||“The Year of the Print” group exhibition with Charlie Waite, Joe Cornish & David Ward et al, The Mall Galleries, London|
|2013||“Connected” group exhibition, Patchings Art Centre, Calverton.|
|2012||The Joe Cornish Summer Exhibition – Northallerton. Group exhibition. Four image collection, Highly Commended
“Dark Light” – Solo exhibition of monochrome images at The Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough.
Shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year
Ilford Imaging – Group exhibition, Cologne, Germany
|2011||“Time Passing” Solo exhibition at The Gallery, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
The National Theatre, London – “Landscape Photographer of the Year” video presentation
|2010||The National Theatre, London – “Landscape Photographer of the Year” group exhibition. Judges Choice award.|
I have written for and been interviewed by many magazines and blogs over the years. There have become too many to list, but here are some of the more notable articles and interviews.
March 2022 – Feature in Haus-a-rest Zine – Poem ‘Daughters of Memory’ and accompanying image. First published poem.
December 2022 – Featured Photographer – ICM Photography Magazine Issue 12
May 2022 – Collaborated with Chris Friel on his book and exhibition, ‘Hypergraphia’, along with Joseph Wright, Peter & Lucy Jones, Paul Sanders and Dr. Alice Flaherty. All proceeds of the book and exhibition going to support the Photo Space charity as part of the 2022 Mental Health Awareness Week.
February 2022 – Foreword for ‘Anecdotes’ by Chris Friel, published by Joseph Wright.
June 2021 – Article in Pain News Vol 19 p.75-80 – The Journal of the British Pain Society – “Abstract Mindedness – a personal experience of using creativity to recover from mental illness”
May 2021 – Foreword for ‘New Beginnings’, a Photo-anthology by six photographers edited by Paul Gotts and John Ash. The profits from the project going to support the Young Minds UK mental health charity. Full details HERE.
January 2021 – Interview with Euan Ross from the Biblioscapes website on my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’ and other things creativity related. You can listen to the interview HERE.
October 2020 – Extensive 8-page interview by Nick Smith for Outdoor Photography Magazine issue 260 – ‘In Conversation with Doug Chinnery’
September 2020 – Review, including a video presentation, of ‘Abstract Mindedness’ by Euan Ross on the Biblioscapes website HERE.
June 2019 – Publication of my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’, published by Kozu Books. All profits go to the Young Minds UK mental health charity
April to June 2019 interviews in Outdoor Photography, Amateur Photography, David Noton’s F11 magazine, Practical Photography and Video coverage by Greg Whitton Vlog of my Snowdon Climb and release of my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’.
Interview & video for the ‘Togcast’ podcast
July 2017 & March 2018 – I was interviewed by Sam Gregory & Paul Sanders for the Togcast photography podcast and we made a video of our discussion of three portfolios of my work. You can listen to the podcast interview and watch the video HERE.
april, may, june and then july
June 2016 – Foreword for ‘april, may, june and then july’ by Roj Whitelock – a photo-essay in support of Cancer Research UK – to buy a copy and support Cancer Research UK please CLICK HERE
Summer 2015 – Foreword for Chris Friel’s Book – ‘Framed’
March 2015 – Featured Photographer
Black & White Photography Magazine
April 2015 – Featured Photographer Interview
Featured image in Elle Decoration magazine
Foreword for Rob Knights “Dark Vision” Exhibition & Book
March 2014 – ‘My Way of Seeing” – Supplement co-written with Charlie Waite & David Ward
May 2014 – “Lie of the Land”
December 2013 – “In Conversation with Doug Chinnery”, Interview article by OP editor Steve Watkins. DOWNLOAD HERE
Craft & Vision
Featured as a case study in Craft & Vision eBook entitled “Slow” by author Andrew S. Gibson – DOWNLOAD HERE
July 2015 – Editorial Article – ‘The Credit Crunch’ with images
October 2013 – Webinar – “Creative Landscape Photography” – WATCH HERE
September 2013 – “Multiple Exposure Landscape Photography” – READ HERE
May 2011 – Interview & images READ HERE
A major project for new ranges. Also featured in Home & Garden, World of Interiors & Elle Decoration.
Doug thinks artistically and
poetically about the landscape
Doug Chinnery is supported by and teaches printing & colour management for Fotospeed