It is easy to lean on Robert Chapman’s history to appreciate his work as an artist. As the assistant to Willem de Kooning for the last decade of de Kooning’s life, Chapman was afforded the opportunity to glean boundless information from one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The influence of those many years is evident in Chapman’s work.
What more is true and reflects with more presence is Robert Chapman’s comprehensive understanding of form, movement, shape and color. With this tremendous understanding the artist’s works indicate flurry, bliss, swell and calm. It is an aesthetic borne from a life spent practicing and perfecting his craft and is one belonging solely to Chapman.