Allegory (1937-38), a painting hung at Newlyn in the late 1930s, was 8 ft x 4 ft, and the largest work of that year's exhibition. It is an anti-war allegory, last seen hanging on a stairway wall of a bombed-out house in the Midlands. Chapman was delighted to be in-touch with the Newlyn Art Gallery again in 1995 when the Diary of a Gallery was being collated for the Centennial celebrations. A witty and self-deprecating man, his paintings show him as an undoubted modernist working well before his time.
From a family where his mother and sisters were artists, he studied at Dulwich College and Byam Shaw School under Charles Ricketts. He became interested in modern trends, moving towards the abstract after a Grand European Tour in 1934. He states that collage noye was one of his inventions, and wrote for What's On in London for a quarter-century.
Painter of abstracts, portraits, figurative subjects in oils and emulsion; printmaker, collagist, art critic & illustrator
works and access
Likenesses of the Artist: Pictured in 1938 (100 years in Newlyn)
Works include: White Painting (1962)
RA; RBA; Paris; Belgrave Gallery
NAG Allegory (c1937-38) hung at Newlyn late 1930s
Storran Gallery 1939
Leger Gallery 1950, 1953
The Molton Gallery March 1963;
Camden Arts Centre 1981
Hardie (1995) 100 years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery
(2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall