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Chris Chapman has been a successful illustrator since graduating from Leicester College of Art in England in 1979, where he studied graphic design. After moving to London during the early years of his career, he now lives and works in Bournemouth, Dorset. Recently he has begun producing fine art paintings alongside his commercial illustrations, these being either self-initiated or privately commissioned pieces. Chris Chapman’s paintings have been exhibited widely in a number of galleries including the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Chris uses a variety of media depending on the particular project he is working on. This can be seen looking through his portfolio which shows examples in acrylics, coloured pencils, gouache and graphite pencil.
Chris is an experienced and accomplished artist, enjoying a successful career as an illustrator after graduating from Leicester College of Art, England in 1979, where he studied graphic art and design. He turned his focus from illustrating to fine art in 2009 and his popular gallery series, featuring depictions of famous paintings, sells in selected galleries throughout the UK. These particular works are full of warmth and humour and Chris enjoys the process of creating the jokes as much as executing the final paintings.
Recently, he has begun producing abstract paintings, mostly with acrylics but some with texture as well. The majority of these are made without using brushes and this, coupled with the bold application of paint, provides Chris with a much looser way of working in contrast to the high level of detailed brushwork he employs in the gallery series.
After spending the early years of his career in London, he now lives and works in Bournemouth, Dorset. When not at work in his studio he can usually be found paddle boarding, windsurfing, mountain biking, or walking his Border Collie on the beach.