Chloë Fremantle



Chloe takes photographs as springboards for her work, responding to light, colour and form in what she sees around her. The photos predict paintings, usually gouaches on paper. These ideas then often develop further into acrylics on canvas.


This method became necessary when Chloe worked on outdoor projects and commissions (at Kew Gardens, Oxford Botanic Gardens and Highgreen, Northumberland). Being unable to spend a full year at each place, she visited them regularly through the seasons, walked, photographed and responded, and then worked from the photos in the studio – although she does still occasionally sketch in-situ.


The photographic process of capturing the initial immediacy of what excites her eye, then allowing the ideas to evolve and develop, until invariably the paintings assume their very own identity and presence, almost beyond her own dictates and expectations, is ever fascinating and absorbing - that from a simple starting point a whole other reality emerges.