Cole Chapman studied at Humboldt State University in Humboldt, CA where he received a BA in Studio Art and Art Education in 2016.
Pulling from the language of landscape nature painting, samples of graffiti, and the Urban environment, my work uses multiple styles and elements to create balance throughout my work. As an artist, it is my job, to invite the viewer on a journey through the work to experience emotions such as innocents, nostalgia, and progression. Color and value are used to create depth throughout a piece, often times to set the mood or feeling of a certain painting. Each painting is an entryway to my individual experience and perceptions, offered up as expressions, questions, and concerns I have about deforestation, urban sprawl, and global climate change.
As an individual, I am continuously taken back by the beauty of a landscape and also struck by how often I recognize human disruption within it. More often than not, I feel the need to portray a snapshot of an individual within our ever-changing landscape to capture the moment as a documentation of my experience. When I approach a blank canvas, I come prepared with an idea and sketch, but acknowledge that the painting will take on its own personality and transformation. My paintings consist of multiple variety of paints, such as acrylics, spray acrylics, airbrush, and oils. These mediums leave me the opportunity to add variation and combine traditional and contemporary styles into one painting.
Notable Awards, Exhibitions, & Shows
2016 Glen Berry 2nd place painting
2015 … 1st place Beginning sculpture
2012 Ca State fair youth 1st place, ceramics
Ca State fair youtrh 3rd place, painting
2011 Ca State Fair Youth Best of show, Best of class, 1st place painting
2010 Blue Line Gallery Best of show, painting
2009 Ca State Fair 1st place, ceramics
Ca State Fair 1st place, ceramics
2012 CA State Fair, Sacramento
2011 CA State Fair, Sacramento
2011 Placerville Art Gallery, Placerville, CA
2010 Blue Line, Roseville, CA
2009 CA State Fair, Sacramento
2015 Dottie May’s Closet, Arcata, CA
2014 Big Blue, Arcata, CA