Chapple’s work is held in private collections across the UK and internationally, and is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art Cymru.
Originally from Dartmoor, after studying painting at St Martin’s School of Art, London, Chapple spent time in Greece, Turkey and Italy, where he drew a great deal and further developed his interest in Classical and Renaissance painting and sculpture. Returning to the UK in the mid-90s, he joined several South London life drawing groups, met a number of inspiring painters and models, and began working almost exclusively from the figure.
Since moving to South Wales in 2003 Chapple has worked from life in his studio in Barry.
Primarily interested in painting people, Chapple worked from the nude for a number of years before developing a greater interest in portraiture in around 2010. This has since become a central element of his work, as he attempts to reflect the characters and moods of his sitters, as well as impart something of the stillness and silence that painting from life involves.
Inspired by Wales’s vibrant music scene and in partnership with Cardiff’s Sŵn Festival, Chapple produced a series of portraits of South Wales musicians that was exhibited across Cardiff as part of the 2012 Festival Fringe. Following this, and with the support of the Arts Council of Wales and the Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Chapple’s second series of portraits involved a wider range of stage performers – including actors, comedians, dancers, poets and musicians – and was exhibited over the spring and summer of 2014. A second Sŵn exhibition took place during the 2015 festival.
Whilst continuing to work in portraiture, Chapple is now also collaborating with professional dancers to explore the development of gesture, narrative and dynamic poses in figure paintings. Most recently this has involved working in partnership with dancers of Ballet Cymru.
Chapple is represented by Ffin y Parc Gallery, on the edge of Snowdonia, North Wales, and is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Arts.