Mark Chapman

Mark, a self-taught artist from small-town South Africa, worked in the training industry before discovering his passion for art. His whimsical and fun work, with a mix of cartoon and pop art, aims to put a smile on people’s faces.

Mark’s figurative work grows organically from the feet upwards, and while his older work is lighthearted, his newer pieces come with a serious message highlighting humanity’s impact on the planet.

Biography

Mark’s artistic journey began in the small South African towns of Stilfontein and Klerksdorp. After completing his compulsory 2 year army training he worked on the gold mines as a production foreman. This was followed by a number of years in the training industry before he was able to follow his passion and work in the art world.

About me:

I am not formally trained, but my love for art has always been there. I loved drawing as a child and went on to study graphic design, but found it was not for me.
It was during my period at the training institute that a friend gave me a bag of clay to ‘’play’’ with. Whilst taking basic pottery lessons, someone saw my work and put me onto a gallerist, who asked me to exhibit in a group exhibition. The rest as they say is history.
My work is generally fun and whimsical. I guess it is a combination of cartoon and pop art. Putting a smile on someone’s face when they see my work is very satisfying. I don’t worry about proportions too much, as they can in themselves create something interesting. My figurative work literally grows organically from the feet upwards.
I start with an idea, move on to make the feet/boots, legs, torso, arms and head. I then assemble and add details. Viola!
My newer work does come with a more serious message however. Especially now that we have become more aware of our impact on our planet and just how fragile a species we actually are. Pollution, global warming and this pandemic have put the spotlight on us.

EXHIBITION CV

2022 – Sculpt X – Melrose Gallery – Group exhibition

2022 – Hermanus Fynarts – Cyramic Exhibition

2022 – Hermanus Fynarts – Sculpture on the cliffs

2021 – Rossouw Modern Gallery – Permanent Display

2021 – Sculpt X – Melrose Gallery – Group exhibition

2021 – Hermanus Fynarts – Ceramic Exhibtion

2021 – Gallery ONE11 – Group Exhibition

2020 – Hermanus Fynarts – Ceramic exhibition

2020 – Gallery Riebeek kasteel – Group exhibition

2019 – Sculpt X – Melrose Gallery – group exhibition

2019 – Hermanus Fynarts – ceramic exhibition

2018 – Sculpt X – Melrose Gallery – group Exhibition

2018 – Art @Clocktower – Permanent display

2018 – Hermanus Fynarts – Sculpture on the cliffs

2017 – Durbanville Hills – solo exhibition

2017 – Pretoria Arts Association – group exhibition

2017 – Agapanthus Gallery – Kalk Bay – group exhibition

2017 – Grand Provence – Stellenbosch – group exhibition

2017 – Hermanus Fynarts – ceramics group exhibition

2017 – Stellenbosch Woordfees – Solo exhibition

2016 – Imibala Gallery – Somerset West – group exhibition

2016 – Moòr Gallery – Group exhibition

2016 – Alex Hamilton, Studio Gallery, Cape Town – Group exhibition

2016 – Stellenbosch Woordfees – group exhibition

2016 – The Art Fair with DF Gallery

2015 – Kamers, Stellenbosch – Group exhibition

2015 – Aardklop Art Festival – Group exhibition

2015 – Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery – Group exhibition

2014/2015 – Riek Creative Gallery – Napier – Permanent resident artist

2010 – Ceramics Southern Africa National Exhibition

2010 – Orpheo Twins – JHB – Window display

2009 – Article and Frames – Pretoria – window display

2008 – The Art Room – JHB – Group exhibition

 

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