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Marion Chapman

I have always drawn, ever since I can remember, covering my schoolbooks in doodles and drawings. Fast forward to adulthood and a career in medical science, working in Pathology in London. I began attending Life Drawing classes at Sir John Cass School of Art, which then increased to include painting and silkscreen printing classes. I made a big decision. I decided to work part time and attend art school full time. After showing my folio I was accepted into the City & Guilds of London School of Art, where I studied painting and printmaking for 4 years. We were the only art school at the time that practiced life drawing, all the other London Schools, including Chelsea, Royal College and Slade were into abstract and conceptual art, and so I had a thorough grounding in painting construction and drawing. As part of our studies, we copied paintings of the Masters from the National gallery in London, so I learnt a lot about the use of colour from this exercise.

I have exhibited both in England and Australia, with my work acquired both here and overseas. I love painting landscapes and gardens, as well as still life and life around me. In England I was drawn to the tonality of landscape, but in Australia it is the light and colour that I love.  

Since being back in Australia and raising children, I have become an active member of Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors and Victorian Artist Society. I was a National Gallery of Victoria guide for 10 years, but then making the decision to spend my time making art, rather than talking about it!

I love the immediacy of working in gouache, as well as in oils, but in recent years have moved away from oils for health reasons and taken up water-based acrylics instead.


Works by Marion Chapman

Alowyn Gardens gouache on mountboard 21 x 26 cm $450
Alowyn Gardens
Marion Chapman
26cm (W) x 21cm (H)
gouache on mountboard
$ 450.00
Avenue of Pines, Italy gouache on mountboard 28 x 40 cm $950
Avenue of Pines
Marion Chapman
40cm (W) x 28cm (H)
Italy gouache on mountboard
$ 950.00
Birregurra gouache on mountboard 32 x 21.5 cm $750
Birregurra
Marion Chapman
21.5cm (W) x 32cm (H)
gouache on mountboard
$ 750.00
Lotus Pond Sigiriya, Sri Lanka gouache on mountboard  23 x 33 cm $750
Lotus Pond Sigiriya
Marion Chapman
33cm (W) x 23cm (H)
Sri Lanka gouache on mountboard
$ 750.00
Nasturtiums still life gouache on mountboard  15.5 x 19 cm $400
Nasturtiums still life
Marion Chapman
19cm (W) x 15.5cm (H)
gouache on mountboard
$ 400.00
Towards Berrima gouache on mountboard 19.2 x 23 cm $450
Towards Berrima
Marion Chapman
23cm (W) x 19.2cm (H)
gouache on mountboard
$ 450.00
Village, Ella, Sri Lanka acrylic on canvas 50.5 x 76 cm $1500
Village, Ella, Sri Lanka
Marion Chapman
76cm (W) x 50.5cm (H)
acrylic on canvas
$ 1,500.00
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