David Chapple is active/lives in California. David Chapple is known for wildlife etching, sport figure portrait painting, sculpture.
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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.
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.
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
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,
Impressions of California
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
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.
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.
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
Florence Griffith Joyner Memorial & Dedication
Albert B. & Bert McKee Award
Ameriflex Corporate Collection
Eagle Crest Country Club
Big Sky Carvers
Arcadia Methodist Hospital
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
State stamps for California, Kentucky, Utah and Idaho
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