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Lived/Active: California      Known for: wildlife etching, sport figure portrait painting, sculpture

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The following information was submitted by DeRu's Fine Arts

Born in 1947 in Palo Alto, California, David Chapple found his artistic talents at a young age.  Winning art contests beginning in grammar school, Chapple won the local Langtham Foundation Award.  He attended Arcadia High School and went on to the University of California at Santa Barbara earning a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. While in school in Santa Barbara, Chapple worked as a taxidermist, giving him a special understanding for his developing interest in wildlife painting.

Chapple was All American in football at UCSB and played professionally in the National Football League 1969-1975 as a kicker, winning All-Pro while with the Los Angeles Rams in 1972.  Beginning in 1970, Chapple started his professional career as an artist while still playing football with the Los Angeles Rams.  His retirement from football in 1975 enabled him to turn his attention full-time to his artistic pursuits.

His love of nature and taxidermy experience has been artistically rendered in his paintings of a wide variety of birds featured in their outdoor habitats, which he began selling professionally in 1970.  His artistic endeavors expanded to the printing medium of etching, creating over 200 sold-out editions in the 1980s.

Chapple has won numerous stamp contests for conservation groups including Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and various state stamps for California, Kentucky, Utah and Idaho.  He earned the Golden Teal award by Ducks Unlimited for raising over $3,000,000.00 nationally through the sale of his artwork and the Silver Teal Award for raising over $1,000,000.00 in California.

His life-long passion for golf has translated into painting commissions for Jack Nicklaus, ABC Sports, Fred Couples, U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, tour events and various country clubs and golf courses around the country.

Further extending his artistic talents into sculpture in the 1980s, Chapple created a diverse body of commission work for many corporations and collections including a life-size bronze for the Florence Griffith Joyner Memorial & Dedication.

Additionally, the following corporations and groups have included commissioned sculptures by Chapple in their collections:

Chiron Corporation, Laguna Audubon, Dupont Center, Foremost Insurance, Albert B. & Bert McKee Award, Ameriflex Corporate Collection, Cornerstone University, Arcadia Methodist Hospital, among others.

Chapple's love of historic California landscape painters has inspired his most recent body of work, "Impressions of California,"; the June exhibition at DeRu's Fine Arts in Laguna Beach, California.

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Impressions of California
Painting is my storytelling vehicle. Through my artwork I hope to communicate my feelings, thoughts and observations of California, which has been my home for over fifty years. This series has captured my favorite places with a renewed vision. As wild California shrinks, glimpses of its inherent beauty will hopefully help to inspire us to preserve much of what remains.

The now famous "California Light" has attracted artists from Bierstadt and Hill to Gamble, Wendt, Payne and Redmond. California's special light; natural beauty, geographical diversity and great body of historical work done by earlier California painters have inspired my painting. These earlier artists gave us a visual history of a changing California at that time. These current paintings capture our changing California landscape today for future generations.

Now, we have to work at finding glimpses of earlier times. Changing skies, light and seasons coupled with California's natural beauty create a never-ending spectrum of artistic choices. A view through eucalyptus to the ocean, a winding dirt road, natural settings within county parks; these are the places I seek out.

EXHIBITIONS:
Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum
World Wildlife Museum
Leigh Yawkey Bird Art Show
Easton Maryland Waterfowl Show
Over 400 Gallery shows nationwide

SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS
Florence Griffith Joyner Memorial & Dedication
Chiron Corporation
Laguna Audubon
Dupont Center
Albert B. & Bert McKee Award
Foremost Insurance
Ameriflex Corporate Collection
Eagle Crest Country Club
Cornerstone University
Big Sky Carvers
Arcadia Methodist Hospital

PAINTING COMMISSIONS
Jack Nicklaus/ABC TV Special "The Toughest Holes in Championship Golf Series"
Fred Couples Masters Victory Corporate Collection
Torrey Pines Buick Open
PGA Senior Open at Pinehurst
U.S. Open at Pebble Beach
35th, 36th and 37th Annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
Sandpiper Golf Course at the Bacerra Resort
Mauna Kea Resorts
Pelican Hill Golf Course
Bighorn Country Club
First Skins Game
Bank of Stockton
World Wildlife Museum

CONSERVATION & CHARITY GROUPS
Ducks Unlimited Golden Teal Award, Silver Award
Quail Unlimited
Trout Unlimited
State stamps for California, Kentucky, Utah and Idaho


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