Julie T. Chapman
“My painting process has evolved into a ‘disrupted realism’ style, where my subjects are fragmented, and the final outcome of each piece is unknown at the start; the journey involves abstraction, drawing, scraping, and re-working — all in a search for “the right amount of not enough”
Julie T. Chapman
From: Montana | Medium: Oil on panel
Julie Chapman went to Montana to be an artist after winning a grand prize in the 2002 Arts for the Parks contest. She was a recovering engineer, having frolicked for 18 years with HP in California.A horse-obsessed child, Julie grew up on a farm in Ohio. She drew equines out of unrequited love, and has since graduated to dressage and showjumping.
Julie’s “disrupted realism” imagery is a contemporary take on the wildlife, horses, and rodeo of the American West. Her paintings respond to her perception of our current, fragmented social, political, and natural environment. She hopes they will engender questions of ourselves and our society.
This current set has demanded more introspection than any previous body of Julie’s work… they are intentionally evocative; just as the paintings require her intense focus, she asks a lot from her viewers: don’t just look, participate and see!
Ms. Chapman’s art is featured in galleries, museum shows, and collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her work has appeared in Southwest Art, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, and other magazines. She shows regularly in national exhibitions, including: Buffalo Bill Art Show, Wyoming; Small Works Great Wonders, Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma; Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show, Old West Museum, Wyoming; and Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wyoming. Julie’s work also features in invitational exhibitions in Canada and Great Britain.
“My painting process has evolved into a ‘disrupted realism’ style, where my subjects are fragmented, and the final outcome of each piece is unknown at the start; the journey involves abstraction, drawing, scraping, and re-working — all in a search for “the right amount of not enough”.
Collections & Exhibits
- Mountain Oyster Club Show
- Frame of Reference ‘235’ Smaller Works Show
- Keeneland Sporting Art Auction
- Small Works Great Wonders