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Fantasy farmlands and vibrant still life at Art Cellar

Article Published: Jun. 28, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Fantasy farmlands and vibrant still life at Art Cellar

"Pienza Pasta Fields" by Jim Chapman

The Fantasy Farmlands and Vibrant Still Life paintings by North Carolina painter Jim Chapman will transform the Art Cellar Gallery with a show filled with texture and color.

"One cannot help but notice the obvious delight that Jim Chapman takes in creating his paintings, which express his vision of color, form and texture creating a conversation with the viewer," an Art Cellar spokesperson said. "His still life paintings bring energy and vibrancy to familiar fruits or vegetables often set against beautifully executed baskets and fabrics, which are a perfect marriage of color and texture and showcasing the artists skill and artistic vision.

Chapman has been a working, exhibiting and award-winning artist since the 1970s, when he studied in the southern Appalachian mountains of North Carolina with Warren Dennis, William Dunlap and Noyes Long, as well as with John Groth of the Arts Students League in New York City.

Chapman has developed a highly personal, unique style while addressing the traditional subject matter of still life and landscape. His palette is an inspired variation on Post-Impressionism color theory combined with a keen observation of the natural world.

He has traveled widely in the United States, Europe and Asia, working in the media of painting and photography on commercial projects for Crown Publishing, the North Carolina Department of Tourism, and a number of private commissions.

In 1985 he assisted Christo and Jeanne-Claude on their Surrounded Islands project in Miami, Fla. A number of Jim Chapman's paintings are inspired by his travels, and his love of the Italian landscape and culture is showcased in several works in this exhibition.

The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will be featuring the work of Jim Chapman from June 22 through June 30 with a special Saturday Art Social with the artist this Saturday, June 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is also part of this months Avery Tour De Art, a day long self guided art tour. For more information, contact The Art Cellar Gallery at (828) 898-5175.

Gallery Times
Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of the Focus section of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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