Matt Allyn Chapman
Activities: Associate Director: Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia; Guest Curator: The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr; Professional Exhibiting Artist
Teaching Philosophy: When we make art, we’re really asking “how do we communicate with others through marks made on a surface or through objects in space”. This is a difficult thing to teach. So I ask, “How do I communicate with myself through these same means?” The communication with others follow.
Where is your hometown/where did you grow up:
Where did you go to school/ degrees or certifications you hold:
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, BFA Illustration 2004-2008
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, MFA Drawing & Painting 2013-2015
Prior work experience/ current:
Associate director of Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2015-2016
Adjunct Instructor of Drawing in the Foundation Department at PCA&D 2015-Present
Specialty project artist for 2 Dudes Painting Company, Lancaster PA. 2017-Present
Professional Studio Artist. 2008- Present
When did you first become interested in art/do you have a specific memory that you associate with this:
I knew from an early age that I wanted to become an artist, drawing in the margins of my schoolwork, and never leaving home without my sketchbook. I have very supportive parents, but it wasn’t until I met my Art Teacher, Christine Wenderoth (a PCA&D alumni) during my Senior Year in high school that I was truly encouraged to work toward this goal. She showed me that my drawings could take me somewhere, and I was ready to go.
What kind of art do you make /what is your favorite medium to work in:
I work professionally in the realm of Geometric Abstraction. Using shape, color and hard edges paired with organic gestures to create drawings & paintings that speak to observed happenings of life, as well as those happenings that are subtle and sometimes challenging to define. Though I love drawing and sketching from life, and continue to hone those skills in my sketchbook. I really enjoy using acrylic paint, graphite, and inks.
What is your favorite thing(s) to do when you aren’t making art:
When not making art, I am preparing for an upcoming exhibition, cooking excellent meals, gardening or outside on a trail with my wife, developing my archery skills, rummaging through record stores, running the WashHouse Sketch Club (a weekly sketch club based in my studio), and finding a few moments to dive into the Elderscrolls Skyrim (the best video game of all time…Destiny is a close second). Oh! and throw some episodes of Futurma and Adventure Time in there for good measure. There is so much more too.