This painting depicts a form both abstract and somehow evocative of an organic body—like the echo of a fossil or some distant memory. In his works, the artist explores texture with the use of unusual forms and representations to achieve an otherworldly sensation. He also frequently distorts the surfaces of his compositions to create optical illusions.
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Chapman’s paintings and mixed-media works explore abstraction, texture and unusual forms. The artist distorts the surfaces of his compositions to create optical illusions and otherworldly arrangements. Chapman’s formal compositions achieve a visceral immediacy through his use of atypical materials, unexpected scales and suggestive colors—as well as a sensibility that encompasses the strangeness of organic bodies in a highly mediated world.