“As an artist I am concerned with painting from a powerful emotional energy”.
Chris Chapman is a Lancashire artist who demonstrates influences from several art movements in his work – examples can be seen from his links to German Expressionism, Pop Art, and his favourite movement of Fauvism. Quoting Chapman, when he begins to pain, he aims to “capture an internal image, something personal; a composite of the real world, embodied with a balance in composition of the musical elements of colour”.
Chris was born in Ashton under Lyne in 1966 and is a self taught artist. He was introduced to the art world at a young age by his father, a keen art collector, who introduced him to the works of L.S. Lowry, Trevor Grimshaw, and David Vaughan.
He began exhibiting his own work in the early 80’s whilst still at school, before beginning a career in the leisure industry. In 1998, Chris met and became great friends with the artist John Thompson, visiting his studio on a weekly basis. John acted as mentor and teacher to Chris, allowing him full use of his studio to paint freely.
Being a keen collector of art himself, Chris has met and discussed art with many of the artists in his collection.
Chapman has shown recent success with being invited to exhibit his work at the Mall Galleries, London, as well as at the Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax.