Black Chapel September 2020

In September we hosted an audio visual delight, showcasing the digital artwork of Steve Mortimer who creates visual art and music under the name Black Chapel.

When did you start making art? In terms of visual art I started about two & a half years ago.

What sort of art do you create? Has this changed over time? The visual art I do is really lots of layers of different subjects or pictures. They are then edited and filtered with different effects. Often, I’ll use double, triple or quad exposure to create new layers and textures. It is a theme I still do now.

What inspires you? Spirituality, Justice, Cosmology, Ecology.

What do you do if you’re not inspired? Breathe.

Where do you practice art? Usually at home in my music studio but sometimes in live settings.

Do you have any connections with the art community in Chelmsford? Yes, I am a friend of Chelmsford Creative Collective and enjoy seeing the incredibly talented people and the work they create.

How often do you create? The visual side sadly has had to be put on the back burner for now. The music and video aspect of my work has been really busy at the moment as I’m working with a number of artists on Connect – a multi media project exploring the links between Science & Spirituality as part of Essex2020

What’s the best thing about being an artist? There are no rules and no such thing as perfect.

Where have you exhibited before? I have never exhibited before this is my first one!

Do you sell your work? If so, is it difficult to part with it? No, not yet.

What superpower would you have and why? To help all people realise they are all artists in their lives – whether they are a painter, sculptor, nurse, doctor, teacher, whatever their job is and to free them from the lie that all art begins with a capital A.


Huge thanks to Black Chapel.

You can see all of our other past exhibitions here.