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Aryn Chapman

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Artist Statement

My paintings are a narrative of longing and desire through decay; each layer peeling, sliding or breaking away through time and by weather revealing what came before and a secret about the place or object exposed. This process is both allegory and inspiration for my work. If I were an object what would that be? What secrets would be revealed after time had it’s way with me; and finally what would be discovered about my maker?


I was born into a family of theater and film designers on the Upper West side of Manhattan. My father has always said that I was born with a paint brush in my hand. As a child if I was awake and not eating, I was painting.

After many summer art classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  and Parsons and after school programs at the Art Students League, I went to Laguardia High School and majored in art. From there I went off to Bennington College where I studied painting, among other things and spent a year in Paris studying and creating paintings.

I followed my parents into the film business after graduation and was working as a camera person when I met and married my husband. I had relegated my painting to “hobby” status, but I always managed to keep actively working. Once I was pregnant, I never wanted to look back at the Film Industry and pushed my painting back into the fore front of my days.

Now, painting has allowed me to be the kind of stay at home mom and wife I want to be. Painting is who I am, it is what I do, and it is how make my living.


- “In Reverence of Reverie” - group Show Agora Gallery
Oct.23rd - Nov. 13th
- Aliant Gallery - Uncle Frank and Aryn
- Atlantic Gallery - CA-TAS-TRO-PHE - Group Show June 17 - July 17
- Upper Manhattan Art Stroll 2007
- Ryan Clinton Chelsea Health Center - Group Show
- Hebrew Tabernacle - Solo Show
- Cabrini Medical Center Art Auction - Group Show
- Upper Manhattan Art Stroll 2006 - Solo Gallery -
- - Frida Kahlo Tribute Exhibition - Group Show
- Cabrini Medical Center Art Auction - Group Show
- Rhino Gallery - Toronto, Ont. - Solo Show
- Cabrini Medical Center Art Auction - Group Show
- National Arts Gallery - NYC - Group Show -
- Presidents Gallery - Drawings, Paintings from “Prayers in Stone”
For more history please feel free to contact me

- Annual Juried Art Competition at the South Arkansas Arts Center
Group Show - July 3 - 30
- CA-TAS-TRO-PHE - Juried Competition - the Atlantic Gallery
Group Show - June 17th - July 17th

Miranda Beeson
Frank J. Boros
Deborah Brozina
David Chapman
Dianne Finn
Hannah Lavan
John McAleer
Ariel Nachmann
Carol Oditz
Luise Rogers
Sarah Rutigliano
Sylvia Shultz

“Bodhi Tree, A Portrait” - David Chapman - 30”X40” Collage, Oil Paint on Canvas
"Wendy's Hiding" - Wendy Riechman -  24"X30" mixed media on canvas
“Sunshine State” - Jonas Steadman -  36”X54” mixed media on canvas
“Sarah’s Yesterday” - Sarah Rutigliano - 36”X54” mixed media on canvas
“Queen of Swords” - Deborah Brozina -  36”X60” mixed media on canvas
“Garden” - Miranda Beeson - 24” X 48” mixed media on canvas
“Japanese Sisters 1” and "2" both 4’X8’, “Meat” 3’X5” and “Lace 1” 3’X5’
all mixed media on canvas - Universal Pictures - “Two If By Sea”  A Feature Film

Bennington College - BA
American University of Paris - Theology and Painting
Parsons School of Design - Paris - Painting and Design
Parsons in Paris Summer Program
NY Metropolitan Museum of Art
NY Art Students League

Recent Exhibits

Aryn Chapman participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2014 Ceres Summer Salon
Ceres Gallery
Sep, 2011 Alternate Selves
Ceres Gallery
Jun, 2011 Ceres Annual Membership Show
Ceres Gallery
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