Painter and printmaker, born London. Studied at Gravesend School of Art, Royal College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, having worked in advertising to save money to study. Earliest influences were Walter Sickert and the Euston Road School painters. Early in World War II he visited the Rhondda Valley, Wales, which gave his work new direction, leading to a prolific period. Lived in Great Bardfield, Essex, 1948–60, then moved to Aberaeron, Wales, in 1960. He was the subject of a BBC Monitor television programme in 1961, the Chapman script appearing in Sir Huw Wheldon’s book Monitor in 1962. Chapman took part in many mixed shows, one-man exhibitions including Piccadilly Gallery, Zwemmer Gallery and Howard Roberts Gallery, Cardiff. His work is in a number of public collections, including Victoria & Albert Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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