“My practice is about the exploration between the digital and the physical,” says Brooklyn-based painter, Jonathan Chapline. Super flat surfaces, bold colour schemes and suburban scenes are trademark features of this emerging artist’s digitally inspired oils.
Chaplin grew up in Waco, Texas, and went on to complete a BFA in Painting at Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. Using imagery sourced from stock photos, home decor catalogues and movie scenes, he first creates digital collages in Photoshop, then translates these imagined spaces into oils. Domestic interiors with pot plants and household objects, portraits that play on the clichéd poses of Hollywood movies, landscapes which appropriate the visual contents of 1980s computer games: Chapline’s subject matter is false perfection. Flattened, implausible yet tactile, his images reflect a truly contemporary marriage of craftsmanship and technology.
Since his first exhibition in 2009, Chapline has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and Rome, among other locations, and in spring 2017 his work was featured in Post Analog Painting II at The Hole, New York.