Francis Chapin, (1899-1965)
Francis Chapin was the Artist-in-Residence at the Old Sculpin Gallery for many years. His life as an artist in the emerging modern movements in America and his life as a teacher influenced many artists who enjoy bold colors loosely applied to scenes of harbors, city scenes, and landscapes. Though his bravura brushwork would cause some to think his paintings were done very spontaneously, the fact is that he mixed all of his colors on location on a very large palette. Once he had worked out his color harmonies he would then look back at his subject and move quickly across the canvas with his brush. The Old Sculpin Gallery has several of “Chape’s” Vineyard scenes in its collection but also has works from his estate for sale.
Painter, lithographer, teacher; Chicago, Illinois. Studied at Art Institute of Chicago 1922-1929, travelled in Europe with David McCosh 1929, returning to study lithography with Bolton Brown. Chapin taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1929-1945, Grant Wood’s school, 1932, and was director of the Institute’s Summer School at Saugatuck, 1932-1940. He was artist-in- residence at University of Georgia, 1952
EDUCATION: Studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Worked with Jacques Maroger, former technical advisor to the Louvre Worked with Ramon Shiva, color chemist
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Taught lithography at The Grant Wood School in Stone City, Iowa Artist-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome Artist-in-Residence at Stetson University in Deland, Florida
SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS: Macbeth Gallery, New York Museum of Modern Art, New York Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, Chicago San Francisco’s 1939 World’s Fair Detroit Institute of Arts
Art Institute of Chicago
COLLECTIONS: Brooklyn Museum Library of Congress Metropolitan Museum Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts