As is true of perhaps most artists, each of Cheryl Chapman’s paintings is something of a journey, but Chapman doesn’t always know where exactly she will wind up. Working by instinct fashioned over a solid intellectual foundation, she works in intimate concert with her medium, whether it be oil, her primary choice, graphite, charcoal and occasional collage on panel or canvas.
“My painting is non-objective picture making in the tradition of abstract expressionism. Color and line are the dominant elements particularly focusing on the shared ground of communicative and pictorial symbols. I endeavor to explore the place where communication becomes communion. Paintings are produced with that goal in mind but are never planned; they happen.”
Patterns emerge in Chapman’s paintings that call to mind textile work, and the marks function in the same overlapping fashion: woven brushstrokes that build a dense interplay of space and surface, illusion and reality, that represent the essence of abstract expressionism.
Chapman has work in the collections of University of KY AB Chandler Medical Center, Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY, PNC Financials, New York, NY, Good Samaritans Secondary Academy, Delhi, INDIA as well as in the Congressional Office of the Honorable John Yarmuth, Washington, DC.
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: MFA, University of Kentucky
Gallery Representative: Galerie Hertz (Louisville, Kentucky) New Editions Gallery (Lexington, Kentucky) and Elder Gallery (Charlotte, North Carolina)
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