Based in London since 1999, Chisnall now divides his time and art practice between London and his new, larger studio in Shropshire. Coming from an illustration, painting and print-making background he is now as well known for his sculptures and drawings.
In 2005 he was awarded a bursary and membership from the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
As well as his work appearing in international exhibitions, magazines and on TV (including BBC 2's 'The Culture Show', Channel 4 News, London Live, and Channel 4's 'Four Rooms'), his sculptures have appeared in the feature film, 'Scratch', directed by Jakob Rørvik. In 2013 he was commissioned to produce a series of paintings for the horror film 'Bliaze of Gory'.
The artist's work is featured regularly in on-line articles and interviews, including two separate articles in The Huffington Post.
Chisnall has organised and run art/sculpture workshops for schools and businesses since 1998, including ones for ING Bank's London headquarters via the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
John Malkovich chose Chisnall's script, 'Doppelganger', as the winning entry in the 2008 Sony VAIO Scriptwriting competition. This script, along with Malkovich's was then turned into the short animated film, ‘Snow Angel’.
“ … I’m going to go with the “Doppelganger” script. It’s clever, inventive, and somehow both surprising and inevitable. Very neatly done all in all.” John Malkovich (4th Jan. 2008).
As well as working on his own projects the artist accepts commissions. His clients include Mary Fox Linton, Andy Martin Architects, Converse, Dawood and Tanner, Domus, Ctrl.Alt.Shift, private collectors, and the Ping Pong restaurant chain.
Most of my current sculptural work involves the reworking and assemblage of found materials; materials that I feel have a certain ‘resonance’.
Memory, or its fallibility, is also central to a lot of my work. This is more strongly evident in my early pieces, which incorporate or recreate childhood artifacts and toys. A prime example of this is ‘And When I’m a Man I'll Think As a Man’, the life size sculpture of myself as a twelve piece, pre-assembly, model kit. An important aspect of the piece is its bright green colour, which was chosen to match my memory of that of a childhood toy – realizing that the memory would have mutated; exaggerating the luridness of the colour.
Another re-occurring theme or motif in my work is that of the wheeled box or tower, which relates to containment, the urge to possess, and restricted mobility.
As well as the obvious sexual interpretation of the orifice element that has emerged in many of my recent works, my main interest in the device, lies in it being the portal between the internal and the external.
Although not a film maker myself, my work is heavily influenced by my early passion for film and animation. This is evident in my archaic-looking tower sculpture, ‘The City,’ which echoes the same fairy tale or dream-like quality that is characteristic of the short films of animators such as the Brothers Quay and Jan Švankmajer.
“Chisnall’s towering wooden piece is made up of tiny display cases and cabinets made from found materials like skulls, insects and fossils, a kind of modern cabinet of curiosities. Or a nightmarish vision inspired by Jorge Luis Borges. He explains that much like the inhabitants of a big city, each compartmentalised environment plays out its own narrative, seemingly oblivious to that of its neighbour”. Julia Kollewe (journalist – The Guardian and The Independent), 2009.
“...Wayne Chisnall creates art that references such things as structure, time and Modernism as they pass through a very contemporary mindset that focuses on humor, transience, functionality and futility. There is also the presence of popular culture in his thinking, as he addresses the differences between reality and perception, and how that affects the needs, wants and even the formation of the human psyche.” D. Dominick Lambardi, 'Repurposing With a Passion', The Huffington Post, July 14th 2014.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* outside London and/or UK)
'Stonewall Season' Charity Auction, Bermondsey.
'Baroque to The Future (Friday Late)', Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
'RCA Secret', Gulbenkian Galleries, Kensington Gore.
'RCA Secret Dubai'*, Art Dubai.
'Creative Debuts – March Show', Shoreditch.
'Vamalgam 7' (staff show), Victoria and Albert Museum, South Ken.
'Rob Pruitt's Flea Market'*, A Plus A Gallery, Venice.
'Toys (Are Us)', Crypt Gallery, Euston Rd.
'Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair', Candid Arts Gallery, Islington.
'RCA Secret', Dyson Building, Battersea.
'RCA Secret Dubai'*, Art Dubai.
'Parallax Art Fair', Chelsea Town Hall.
'Oli Bennett Anonymous Postcard', London.
'Summer Salon Show', Candid Arts Gallery, Islington.
'Dreams of Being Batman' (solo show), The Vaults Gallery, Waterloo.
'Sum of Their Parts'*, #Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
'Summer Exhibition', Candid Gallery, Islington.
'The Curious Art-Pie Show, Curious Duke Gallery.
'Two month window installation' (solo show), The Mill, Gt. Marlborough St.
'Misuse: Creating Alternatives', The CASS Bank Gallery, Whitechapel.
'Found Memories' (solo show), Nancy Victor Gallery, Fitzrovia.
'FACK#1', Kensington and Chelsea College.
'VAMALGAM 5', Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington.
'21 Steps'*, Up & Coming Arts, Studio 2, Liverpool.
'Trove/The Event 2011'*, Curzon Street Station, Birmingham.
‘Sketchbook Project’*, Art House Co-op, touring USA.
'States of Reverie', Scream, Mayfair.
'KETOS 2.1 (Whaleless)'*, The Civic Aquarium, Milan, Italy.
‘Found – 18@108’, Royal British Society of Sculptors.
'KETOS 2.0'* Reggio Emilia’s Civic Museum, Italy,
'The Brain Unravelled', Slade Research Centre,
'Vamalgam 4', Victoria & Albert Museum,
'Writing On Walls' (Ctrl+Alt+Shift), South Bank Centre.
'Friday Late View (carnival cut-outs)', V&A Museum.
'Whaless'*, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin.
'Vamalgam 3', Victoria & Albert Museum.
'A Gothic Story', Shoreditch Town Hall.
'Battersea Affordable Art Fair', Battersea Park.
'Mapping'* - Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Lancs.
'RBS Contemporary Sculpture Show' - Rollo Gallery, Islington.
'Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award 2005' - RBS Gallery, South Kensington.
'An Open Book'* - Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham.
'Draw-Drawing-' - The Brazilian Embassy Gallery, Mayfair.
'E=mc2' - The Institute of Physics, South Kensington.
'Foad Glorious Foad' - Wilson Hall, Camberwell Art College.
'Vamalgam 2' - Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington.
'Hang 10' - Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington.
'Vamalgam' - Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington.
AWARDS, COMPETITIONS AND HONOURS
Artwork featured on label of Collective Arts Brewing craft beer bottles, 2016, 'Series 6'. http://collectiveartsbrewing.com/al...
Artwork featured on label of Collective Arts Brewing craft beer bottles, 2015, 'Series 5'. http://collectiveartsbrewing.com/al...
First Prize. Sony Online Script Writing Project, judged by John Malkovich, international. The script was turned into a short animated film, 2008.
Shortlisted. ‘Sense and Sensuality’, Blind Art Prize, South Bank, 2006
Bursary. The Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary, London, 2005
2 Prizes. The Birse Construction Printmaking Awards, 1997.
Illustrator behind the children's book,'Hugly and The Missing Carrots', August 2016.
Creative Debuts' Artist of The Day, August 15th 2016.
'Featured alumni' in University of Northampton's 2016 Prospectus, May 2016.
Featured in article, 'Work it! A Look Inside Our Artists' Studios', by Jane Verity, Art Finder, February 6th 2016.
Only sculptor featured in Art Finder's Winter Catalogue, December 2015.
Interviewed for the LoVArts article, 'Wayne Chisnall: Intuition and Interaction', by Elizabeth Covello, October 16th 2015.
Featured in 'Emerging UK Artists You Should Know' article, by Holly Howe, Complex, January 21st 2015.
Interviewed for article 'Sculptor Wayne Chisnall Discusses his New Exhibition in London, “Dreams of Being Batman”, by Holly Howe, Complex, November 14th 2014.
My solo show featured on TV channel, London Live, 'Take a Peak into Frankenstein's Orifice Box', November 11th 2014.
Interviewed and featured in article, 'Wayne Chisnall: Dreams of Being Batman', by Cajsa Carlson, Cool Hunting, November 10th 2014.
My artwork featured on album covers of 'Scenes of Mild Peril' CD/DVDs, by The Scaramanga Six, September 2014.
Interviewed and featured in article, 'Repurposing With a Passion', by D. Dominick Lambardi, The Huffington Post, July 14th 2014.
My 'And When I'm a Man' sculpture featured on UK TV Channel 4's 'Four Rooms' programme – series 3, episode 27 - 8PM Fri 30 August 2013.
Work featured in horror film, Blaize of Gory.
And featured in BBC TV News Sussex item: Crawley schoolgirl's horror tales set for the big screen – 3 September 2013.
My artwork featured on album cover of the 'I Will Crush Your Heart' LP, by The Scaramanga Six, September 2014.
Work mentioned in The Londonist article, 'Art Review: It’s A Wonderful Life @ Nancy Victor', written by Tabish Kahn,13th December 2012.
Interviewed by Adam Monaghan for the Nokia Connects piece, 'Wayne's World: A Unique Insight into one of Britain's “trashiest” artists' - June 2012.
Work featured in the Nokia Connects article, 'Junk Rock! The 7 Greatest Upcycled Artworks Ever'. Written by Adam Monaghan, June 2012.
Sculpture (And When I'm a Man) used in publicity material for Dr Gregory Kaebnick's talk 'Synthetic Life: A New Industrial Revolution' at Purdue University, Indian USA, 28th March 2012.
Work (The City) featured and mentioned in BBC 2's The Culture Show: 2011-2012: Episode 15: Birmingham's Cultural Highlights. Michael Smith investigates the cultural highlights of Europe's “most boring city” - Birmingham.
Artwork (Nail Box) featured in Dec 2011 issue of Art and Auction Magazine as part of ad campaign for New York-based art company, Crozier Fine Arts.
Interview, 'Wayne Chisnall's artist interview', RCA Secret Blog, 18th October 2011.
Appeared in Coffee on Cake PR's Aug 2011 photo shoot with music journalist Chantelle Fiddy along with bag that I customised as part of Converse's new duffle bag launch. Articles then appeared in FHM magazine, Fused magazine, Cooler etc.
Interview, 'Wayne Chisnall – Illustrator/Sculptor', Creative Spotlights.
Interview, ‘Wayne Chisnall Interview’ by Helen Wilson, Where Art You, Feb 2011.
Mentioned by Hattie Collins (Editor of RWD magazine, Music Editor for i-D Magazine, freelance contributor for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Q etc) as favourite artist in her 2010 interview with Arts London News.
Interview, ‘Wayne Chisnall answers FAD’, FAD Website, Dec 2010.
Mark Sheerin, “Whitechapel, Vyner Street, Hoxton, Shoreditch? Exploring London's East End Art Scene,” Culture 24 (one of the Guardian’s top 100 websites), 15 January 2010.
Work featured and mentioned in “North London Arts Charity Celebrates 20 Years,” Art of England (issue 63), 2009.
Artwork featured on Channel 4 News (to illustrate ‘The Nest’, the award winning project for Northern Ireland) as part of 2012 ‘Artists Take the Lead’, Olympiad Award. November 2009.
Work (showing in KETOS 2.0) featured and mentioned in an Italian magazine, “Salvate le baleen,” November 2008.
Work featured in the ‘Hero’ edition of A5 Magazine (art magazine from Israeli), 2009.
Work featured in FEFE Magazine #7 (centre spread, pages 68-69 and page 98), editor/art director, Luigi Vernieri, November 2008.
Interviewed by art historian, Dr. Emmanuel Minne as part of the ‘Memories’ video interview project, for the Royal British Society of Sculptors archive, 2006.