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Art Update from Guy Chapman

I have just sent out the first email from the new guychapman.net 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 guychapman.net/subscribe

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

Why Throw Down Your Guns?

2013-06-14 Update: I have recently updated the web site and changed the domain name from 'throwdownyourguns.com' to 'guychapman.net' 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 'throwdownyourguns.com'. 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

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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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Throwdownyourguns - Carbon Neutral Hosting

2013-06-14 Update: I have recently updated the web site and changed the domain name from 'throwdownyourguns.com' to 'guychapman.net'

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The good people at Ilisys who host the this site just announced they are "the first hosting company in Australia to become carbon neutral". Ilisys said "By running our headquarters and data centre on 100% renewable energy and offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from other business activities we have reduced our carbon footprint to zero". You gotta be happy about that!

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The Big Daddy Blues

Since establishment of the web site, I have been keeping a keen eye on Google’s index to see if and when the site gets picked up, so I’d like to give a big welcome to Big Daddy who’s been sniffing around since 7 Feb 2006 - do drop in any time - I’ll try to keep things the way you like ‘em…

Google indexing graph

Throwdownyourguns Shows Scant Regard for Testing

Media Release Throwdownyourguns Shows Scant Regard for Testing SYDNEY, Australia—April 04, 2006—Throwdownyourguns today announced that they were sick of waiting to get all the content finished before launching their new web site so just went ahead and whacked it up there. Guy Chapman, Director of Throwdownyourguns said "I know our guiding principle is - if it's worth doing, it's worth over-engineering - but some times you just need to get things done, bugger the testing, let's get something up there to kick this thing off." Throwdownyourguns is a web site dedicated to the art work of Guy Chapman containing images of his paintings, drawings, film and photography. Chapman said "There is a huge amount of content yet to come and I will be adding to the site as I get the images scanned". ---- 2013-06-14 Update: I have recently updated the web site and changed the domain name from 'throwdownyourguns.com' to 'guychapman.net'

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Kick-off!

Well, not just yet... I'm gonna try to keep this thing in its holster until it's really needed.

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