Sunny Chapman, Artist
by Kathleen Lees
Nov 14, 2012 | 3300 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Sunny Chapman, art came naturally.

“I just liked it,” said Chapman, who's been drawing since she was a child and making jewelry, paintings and other works ever since.

Chapman started out as a professional jewelry artist in the 70s, but gave it up to focus on other works when her design company was outsourced.

“It was really okay,” Chapman said. “I knew I just wanted to be making art.”

A native of Wisconsin, Chapman, 62, moved to Brooklyn in the early 80s, continuing to dabble in drawing, painting and collages as a way to satisfy her creativity.

During that time, Chapman also lent her skills to making eight films, designing posters for punk rock bands and raising her only daughter.

“I've done a lot,” Chapman admits.

As she prepares for her new exhibit, which opened on Thursday, Nov. 14, Chapman said, “the whole thing kind of came out of the blue. I don't really pursue shows much, and I haven't been in one in the last three years.”

The exhibit, titled “There Are Surely Other Worlds Than This,” will be a compilation of acrylic on canvas oil paintings and wood collages of chemically altered papers on canvas board. It runs through February 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Gallery Three at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene.

As for her admirers, Chapman said many describe her art as visionary. “I don't know,” said said. “I just create a world for myself (through art) where I feel more comfortable than I do in this one.”

For more information about Chapman's art, visit her website.
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