Chapman Hamborg 

Lives and works, Huntington Beach, CA 

 

Chapman Hamborg spent much of his childhood enjoying the outdoors and surfing, leading to a deep connection with nature. Chapman moved to Florence, Italy to study traditional painting and sculpting at the age of nineteen. During his time in Europe, Chapman cultivated his talent as a painter and sculptor, and met his wife, Hannah, in London. They have since moved to California and have two children. 

 

Chapman’s family has served as inspiration for his multi-figure paintings and sculptures. His goal is that these pieces show beauty in the raw, vulnerable moments that families share: a mother breastfeeding her baby, a father holding his newborn for the first time, a pregnant mother intertwined with her partner. Chapman’s plein air landscapes are of places that have moved him, especially the coast of California or the Tuscan countryside of Italy. He enjoys documenting his experiences in wild and rustic places - from the beaches, he grew up surfing, to the villa he and his wife lived in amongst grapevines and olive groves. As a sculptor and painter, Chapman’s work shows his desire for experimenting with materials, themes, and techniques. He primarily works in oil paint on wood or linen, varying in size from smaller intimate pieces to large life-size paintings. When sculpting, he models with water-based and oil-based clay and has cast his sculptures in plaster, resin, and bronze. Chapman’s process and style is a blend of traditional techniques and impressionistic paint and clay application.

 

Chapman graduated from Angel Academy of Art, studied at the Florence Academy of Art, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Laguna College of Art and Design. He has been awarded first place in the international Art Renewal Center scholarship competition, taken part in Grand Central Academy’s Hudson River Fellowship, painted public murals in Huntington Beach, and is best known for his anatomical heart sculpture for the album cover of Have it All by Bethel Music. Chapman is an instructor at Terra Arts Academy, and also travels the world teaching workshops and creating live art on stage at conferences and events.

Education 

2020     BFA, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA 

2015     Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy (sculpture, drawing, and painting)

2014     Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy (Certificate of completion: three-year painting course)

 

Teaching Experience 

2015 - Present    Art Instructor, Terra Arts Academy, Huntington Beach, CA (Sculpture, Drawing,

                            Painting, Artistic Anatomy, Art History)

2019                    Art Instructor, New Masters Academy, Huntington Beach, CA (Drawing and Sculpture)

2019                    Art Instructor, School of Creativity, Redding, CA (Sculpture)

2017                    Art Instructor, Creation Fest, UK (Sculpture)

2013 - 2014         Artistic Anatomy Instructor, Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy

2013                    Student-Teacher, Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy (Drawing)

2013                    Art Instructor, Terra Arts Academy, Huntington Beach, CA (Drawing and Painting)

 

Other Work Experience

2018 - 2019     Creative Director and Social Media Manager, Hamboards, Huntington Beach CA

2011 - 2013      Ocean, Lifeguard, City of Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach CA

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

2014     1st Place in the Art Renewal Center scholarship competition. 

2013     Hudson River Fellowship, Grand Central Atelier, Jackson, NH 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019     Recent Works, Dawson Cole Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

2019     Origination, Santiago Canyon College Art Gallery, Orange, CA 

2018     Time & Motion, Grace Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2016     Chapman Hamborg Solo Exhibition, Coffee Nature, Costa Mesa CA

2015     A Painted Journey, Hamboards, Huntington Beach, CA

2014     Chapman Hamborg Solo Exhibition, AoSA, Huntington Beach, CA

2013     Chapman Hamborg Solo Exhibition, Hamboards, Huntington Beach, CA

 

Group Exhibitions 

2019     Group Exhibition, LCAD Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2015     Group Exhibition, Florence Academy of Art, Florence Italy

2015     Visioni Dal Palmerino, Villa Il Palmerino, Florence, Italy

2014     Represent, The 20th Century Theatre, London, UK  

2014     Group Exhibition, Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy

2013     Palazzo Tornabourni Exhibition, Palazzo Tornabuoni, Florence, Italy

2013     Hudson River Fellowship Exhibition, Whitney Community Center, Jackson, NH

2012     Group Exhibition, AoSA, Huntington Beach, CA

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