Christian began drawing at a very young age and sub consciously absorbed his skills from watching his mother painting.
She was an established New Zealand Artist with exceptional portrait skills drawing from life and beautiful nature studies. She was also a Fashion Illustrator and Art tutor and won numerous national art awards.
Christian grew up in New Zealand overlooking Sumner beach in Christchurch and naturally began to paint the sea. Living up on Clifton Hill with the Southern Alps framing the sea he also began his addiction to the ocean and surfing. There was no drive on access to the property therefore just the sea and the trees with no cars or neighbours created the perfect environment to paint and also play music and guitar another interest of his.
Christian at 16 years of age began training his art skills on the diverse medium of surfboards at Ian Thompson’s Exit Surf shop.
By the time Christian was in his early twenties he decided to venture the alluring horizon and moved to the Gold Coast, Australia. With a bigger audience and faster paced lifestyle he began to develop his portrait art skills at his Gold Coast art studio.
He also learnt and introduced the airbrush as an added unorthodox element to his paintings. Now this unique look has attracted art collectors from all over the world wanting to own an original one of a kind Christian Chapman Art piece.
Christian’s passion for the ocean and music are evident through his ocean and portrait series artworks. He believes in recreating these visions and painting them to inspire his audience and to compliment any room or décor.
He has also launched Christian Chapman Art Surfboards morphing both his artistic and shaping skills together to produce beautiful vintage inspired surfboards that are completely unique and one of a kind.
There are no rules in the world of Art and Christian will continue to bring his boundless free expressionism to change the status quo and inspire you the viewer’s perception.
2019 Surf:Craft – Surfboards & Art (Group Show), Burleigh Brewing, Gold Coast QLD
2019 Lost Surfboards (Solo Show), San Clemente, California USA
2015 Group Show, Dust Temple, Currumbin, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2013 Group Show, The Cavern, Nobby Beach, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 Visionary Realms (Solo Show), Watling Gallery, Bundall, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2010 The Rhemagraphics Art of Surfing Art Show (Group Show), Surfing World Museum, Coolangatta, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2010 Solo Show – Incorporated with Moet & Fashion Show, Twenty One, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2010 Solo Show, The Cavern, Nobby Beach, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2010 Merge Magazine Launch Party (Solo Show) Elsewhere, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2008 Bricks and Mortar (Group Show), The Curve, Currumbin, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2006 Group Show, Mantra Salt Resort, Kingscliff, NSW AUSTRALIA
2019 Artwork featured on Surfboard that won First Place – Art (And Glass) – Surf:Craft Exhibition, Burleigh Brewing
2018 Featured – Instant Hotel TV Series (Art)
2011 Art Piece owned by ‘Slipknot’ (one of the biggest metal bands in the world)
2010 First Place – Most Innovative Surfboard Category, Art of Surfing Art Show, Currumbin Surf World
2006 First Place – Musician Portrait, Big Day Out Music Festival Art Competition