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Mike Chapman

Dorchester, United Kingdom

He does believe the most interesting thing about an artist's life should be their work, but people do ask, so here's a brief description of his journey.

Originally an art director, he spent many years working for ad agencies in London, Stockholm and New York, eventually becoming a creative director of one of London's most enormous outfits. Nowadays it is hard to believe that he has found the gongs, flash cars and posh restaurants lacking appeal, but daily he dreamt of something more rewarding. He adored the work of people like Gaudier-Brzeska, Brancusi, Mestrovic, Moore and Epstein, and believed the proper way to follow them would be to learn the real skills of stone carvers before he even began.

A touchingly old-fashioned notion, he'll grant, but one that he believes has stood him in good stead to this day. After two years studying with men from the Dorset limestone quarries, he opened his own studio in the summer of 1996.

And in 2004, he held his first solo exhibition at St Martins-in-the-Fields in London.
His works are now in the collections of a number of institutions throughout the UK and in private collections both here and in America.