FEATURE: CHRISTIAN CHAPMAN

Christian Chapman

Christian is an emerging Artist and has been painting since 1990. His mother is a talented Artist and his father a Graphic Designer…..art is in Christian’s blood. He is currently creating pieces from his Studio on the Gold Coast, Australia.

By Meghan Player

How long have you been painting for?
20 years.


What made you decide to ‘take up’ painting?

My Mum. She is an amazing Artist – figure/fashion illustrator & nature paintings. She is my inspiration.

Did you experiment with different mediums and techniques before finding your niche with airbrush on canvas?
My current ‘niche’ is 80% hand paintbrush & 20% airbrush on canvas. Yes I have previously used oil pastels, spray cans, oils, metallic pearls on aluminium. I love doing all the lineal sharp in focus work with paintbrush & all the tonal soft elements with airbrush. It may not be the ‘conventional on canvas way’ but for me there are no rules. After all Art is a visual thing – choose whatever medium that expresses you!

Where do you seek inspiration?
Heavy Metal/Music, life itself, other awesome Artists, the ocean, photography, visions in my head.

Who are some of your favourite artists?
Shawn Barber, Sylvia Ji, Boris Vallejo, my Mum. There’s alot of awesome inspiring Artists out there!

You paint the likes of rock musicians, tattooed ladies, family portraits – is there one particular subject you like to paint most?
Right now I’m loving painting people with tattoos & famous Rock Musicians. I love creating the soft subtle tonal aspects within a face – then contrasting it with bold lineal tattoo imagery. One brings out the other.

How would you describe your style of painting?
My style of painting is contemporary, semi realism portraiture Art.

What advice would you offer young artists out there?
Create your own visions & express yourself. After all you are unique & choose whatever medium/subject that personifies YOU. Be careful not to ‘jail’ your style by following the ‘excepted’ methods of painting. Be free & above all – love what you do, the rewards will follow.

Where can we find your work?
Ultra Art & Design, Shop 105, The Wave, 89 Surf Pde, Broadbeach, QLD. and also Black Sheep Gallery, 201 Chapel Street, Prahran, VIC. and online www.christianchapmanart.com.au 

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