Friday, January 23, 2009

Megan Chapman: Fire and Noise


Little Rock Arkansas– River Market ArtSpace will present Fire and Noise: The Paintings of Megan Chapman, featuring contemporary paintings by one of Northwest Arkansas’s most well-known artists. Opening reception will take place Friday, February 13, from 5-8pm, during downtown’s 2nd Friday Art Night, and the exhibit will run through March 7, 2009.

Megan Chapman's abstract paintings have always been about her love of color, and the subtle changes that occur when colors overlap, react, and create something new. In her latest body of work, "Fire and Noise," Chapman, in addition to using traditional canvas, explores a new surface called a Clayboard. This new surface allows her to scratch into the paint, removing the previous layers while creating lines and new textures. The title of her exhibition, "Fire and Noise," comes from the opening lyric of a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song entitled, "Do You Love Me." The artist was entranced by the dark passionate world created by the song and its video and has developed a body of work that reflects her feelings in response. The color red and other deep dramatic colors feature prominently within this body of work.

Megan Chapman was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Oregon. Chapman has shown her work over the past ten years in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington. Her work has appeared in various publications and is held in numerous collections.

River Market ArtSpace, located downtown in the Historic River Market District, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm. ArtSpace proudly represents the best in contemporary art and craft in the state of Arkansas.


I have completed twenty new works for my upcoming exhibition. I am currently putting on the finishing touches and preparing them for delivery to the gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas. Next week I hope to have images of all twenty of these works available to post so I can share them with you, my lovely readers. If you have friends in and around the Little Rock area please let them know about my upcoming exhibition. Thanks always for reading and for your support of my work as an artist. It means more to me than you will ever know.

Pictured above on the postcard
The Unheard Music
24x30" Mixed media on Canvas
2008 $725


  1. All done and dusted, eh? Look forward to next week's posting of all 20 works.

    Congratulations on getting there.


  2. ..everybody is in for such a treat with these new works..

    I can't wait to see them arranged and hung, like a jigsaw falling into place..

  3. I can't wait to see the show! (Am bummed b/c I'll be out of town on the 13th...darn it!)

  4. Keep the pics coming! I have enjoyed viewing your journey through "Fire and Noise" as a fellow artist who also infuses music into the creative process, I applaud your theme, thoughts and vision. Congrats to you Megan, keep reaching for the next rung of the ladder... :)

  5. I too have enjoyed the journey through your process and I'm excited to see the finished body of work. Don't keep us in suspense too long - its killing me!! lol
    Congrats on completing - I hope you still have hair left on your head..!!

  6. Hi megan, found you through Etsy, and I am so glad I found your blog! I adore your paintings! Congrats with your exhibitions, it will be a great success. It's a pity I can't be there.

  7. Thanks everyone for your comments and for going along on this journey with me. This exhibition has been a challenge and I am lucky to have such a wonderful support network. I can't wait to share the rest of Fire and Noise with you soon!
    Thanks again!!

  8. Can't wait to see them all :D
    Congrats Megan!

  9. Looking forward to seeing them, what an interesting idea, painting on clayboard.