Landscape Exhibition: In Time, I Recall

I'm pleased to say that I have an opportunity to exhibit some of my recent oil paintings from the 2013 and 2014 shows, and also some new works not yet exhibited, at the Art2Muse Gallery in Double Bay.

The exhibition runs from 29 April to 12 May, with the launch at 6pm on Thursday 1 May at the Art2Muse Gallery, 357 New South Head Road, Double Bay.

It would be great to catch up with you at the launch. I'm looking forward to seeing the landscape themes from the last two year's work recombined into a new show.

Exhibition Flyer

Wine and Cheese at the Gallery

Landscapes Exhibition 2014 - Queen St Gallery

I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the opening, it was a fun night and there are some great photos on Facebook of the opening.

If you didn't get there, the paintings are all up on the web now and the show runs until Sunday 9 March. It's open every day and I'm at the gallery this weekend and next with a table full of wine and cheese that I need help getting through.

Exhibition Reminder - Opening 6pm Tuesday 25 February

A quick reminder that my exhibition opens at 6pm on Tuesday next week! That's 6pm, Tuesday 25 Feb At the Queen St Gallery 28 Queen Street Woollahra I'm really pleased to confirm that Sheona White, Head of Public Programs, AGNSW will open the exhibition, and also that the highly respected Indigenous elder Charles 'Chicka' Madden will conduct the Welcome to Country. The show runs from Tuesday 25 February for two weeks through to 9 March. See you there! Guy

Landscapes Exhibition 25 Feb 2014

Landscape Oil Painting

I'm having another exhibition of landscape oil paintings at the Queen St Gallery in Woollahra. The show opens at 6pm on Tuesday 25 February 2014 and I'd love to see you there.

Sheona White, Head of Public Programs, AGNSW will be opening the exhibition and the highly respected Indigenous elder Charles 'Chicka' Madden will be coming along to conduct the Welcome to Country.

These works continue the landscape theme from last year but with larger oil paintings that contrast representational landscape paintings with other more abstract works.

The show runs from Tuesday 25 February for two weeks through to 9 March. Queen Street Gallery 28 Queen Street Woollahra NSW 2012 Australia See you there! Guy

Field Colour Painting Selected as Finalist in 2013 Fleurieu Art Prize

I'm thrilled to say my new painting titled Field Colour has been selected, from over 1200 works from around the world, as a finalist in the 2013 Fleurieu Art Prize. The winner of the $60,000 prize will be announced at a Cocktail Party on Saturday 26 October 2013 at the wineries of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

Field Colour Painting

The painting contains a grid of nine 200mm square canvas stretchers. It plays in a tension between the joy of two-dimensional paint on canvas, and the compulsion to imbue those marks with a representational depth. It positions the visual shimmer of a Rothko Color Field, in the dimensional world of a landscape... ...wish me luck.

Art Update from Guy Chapman

I have just sent out the first email from the new email list. I'll only be sending occasional updates with exhibition dates or information on new art work. If you know someone who is interested, you can just send them this link

A big thanks to everyone who was able to make it to my exhibition earlier this year - and for buying paintings! Works from that show have made their way across the world from Australia to New Zealand, Hong Kong and America. For those who missed the show, the paintings are all up on the web, and I'm working towards another exhibition in February next year - but more on that later.

Art for sale - This site has been updated recently and now has a section with Works Available for Sale. To start things off, I have gone back through all the paintings in stock and put a selection together - some recent, some never exhibited and other earlier works from the '90s. The pair of paintings below is an example of my recent work. Have a look around, feel free to subscribe to the email list or pass the link on to anyone who may be interested.

Landscape 02-059

Landscape 02-058

A Quick Guide to Oil Painting Principles

Here's a quick guide to some oil painting principles - basic stuff that most painters have internalised but it can be good to go back to the basics if you get stuck...

Lean to Fat

Using paint mixed with a 'lean' oil painting medium over the top of a 'fat' layer can cause the paint to crack over time - so it's best to work from Lean to Fat.

Thin to Thick

Similar to the Lean to Fat principle, there's a risk of the paint cracking if thin layers are painted over the thick ones that are likely to expand and contract underneath over time.

Cool to Warm

Not specific to oil painting, more of a colour and design principle, and of course a rule to be broken... but as warm colours appear to come forward and cool ones recede, in some circumstances it can be useful to work from cool to warm in the various layers of paint.

Dark to Light

Similar to Cool to Warm, Dark to Light tones tend to work in the same way to create a sense of depth.

so the mantra goes...

  • Lean to Fat
  • Thin to Thick
  • Cool to Warm
  • Dark to Light

and perhaps we can add the universal principal of working from the General to the Specific and of course the one that has made it into everyday use of starting with the broad brush strokes... i guess, on a fresh canvas, this all means the first marks are likely to be lean, thin, cool, dark, general marks applied with a broad brush.

Exhibition - Landscape Oil Paintings

I'm having an exhibition of new landscape paintings at the Queen Street gallery in Woollahra. Opening 6-8pm on Tuesday 19 February 2013

These are small oil paintings based on the New Zealand hills. They range in style from somewhat representational through to works with more abstract marks and thicker application of the paint. The oil on canvas paintings are built up with multiple layers and glazes in a traditional oil painting method. Gestural drawing using charcoal and graphite is also worked into the wet paint. The canvases are all 200mm square and are finished in ornate frames crafted especially for the exhibition.

Landscape oil painting

Queen Street Gallery 28 Queen Street Woollahra NSW 2012 Australia Mobile: +61 412 275 345 The exhibition runs from Tuesday 19 February to Sunday 3 March.


Strings - Short Film

Strings Short Film

Strings is a short film by Guy Chapman that won the graduating students award for Best Film at City Art Institute in 1991. The work-print was screened at the graduating exhibition and after graduating, received a grant from the Australian Film Commission and the New South Wales Film and Television Office to complete the work. This allowed an original music score to be written and recorded, re-work of some inter-titles and to have Atlab produce a print for screening at various festivals. Strings was screened at several film festivals including:

  • Wellington - The 22nd Wellington Film Festival
  • Auckland - Auckland Film Festival
  • Sydney - Alchemy
  • Adelaide - Frames



Why Throw Down Your Guns?

2013-06-14 Update: I have recently updated the web site and changed the domain name from '' to '' so the sentiment of this post still applies but the name has changed.

A few people have asked me about the name of my Art Portfolio web site ''. Why Throw Down Your Guns? Well, why not? It's my small statement for world peace - not sure if it's working yet but I'll keep trying. Imagine if we all stopped shooting each other and started painting, I'd be happy about that. The following text is from the about section of the site but perhaps it's worth repeating here...

Throwdownyourguns - it's an imperative, I know and I'm not one for telling other people what to do. In fact that's the whole problem; people who insist on telling other people how to live their life, people who want me to be just like them. Usually the same people who are fearfully deifying their ignorance. In this case though, I can live with an imperative... **Throw down your guns!** I can live with a command like that. I could live with us generally not killing each other quite so often. So, trust me, I won't shoot, throw down your guns and come on out with your paint brushes raised. But hell, why would you trust me? How could you be sure I wouldn't whip a backup-piece out from under my poncho as soon as your six-guns hit the sand? Perhaps I already have the thing aimed at your chest. Well I wouldn't and I don't. In fact I think in this case rather than the imperative it's in the jussive mood.

In 1983 Australian Crawl implored less Reckless behaviour saying...

Meet me down by the jetty landing
Where the pontoons bump and spray
All the others reading standing
As the Manly ferry
Cuts it's way to circular quay

Hear the Captain blow his whistle
So long she's been away
I miss our early morning wrestle
Not a very happy
Way to start the day

She don't like that kind of behaviour
She don't like that kind of behaviour

So throw down your guns
Don't you be so reckless
Throw down your guns
Don't you be so

Feel like Scott of the Antarctic
Base camp to far away
A Russian sub beneath the Arctic
Burke and Wills and camels
Initials in the tree

She don't like that kind of behaviour
She don't like that kind of behaviour

So throw down your guns
Don't you be so reckless
Throw down your guns
Don't you be so reckless


It's a different context, I know - he's almost mumbling to himself about screwing the relationship up to the point-of-no-return - but I quote it because it's about relationships and the same principles apply.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers used the term too...

All you slingers and fiends
hide behind your rocks
put down your guard
I'm not here to box
this is no showdown
so throw down your guns
you see it doesn't matter
where you come from
you could be from park ave
or from a park bench
you could be a politician
or a bitchy princess
but if you're lookin' for a fist
and you're lookin' to unite
put your knuckleheads together
make a fist and fight
not to your death
and not to your grave
I'm talking about that freedom
fight like a brave

fight like a brave
don't be a slave
no one can tell you
you've got to be afraid

The first verse is great - a mash-up of various images - but then they loose me a bit with the indigenous American fight like a brave simile. I get the freedom-fist v the boxing-fist thing but then they undo their argument. It seems like a different story to me, didn't indigenous American people get unjustly nailed by the invaders from one coast to the other?

Anyway, about art...
Throwdownyourguns is The Art Portfolio of Guy Chapman. Given the surname, you could in fact, consider this site a Chapbook of sorts, it may even laps into being correctly classified as bum fodder at times. Have a look around, take your time, see what you think.



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