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Martel Chapman - Portraits as Jazz

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Heavily influenced by music, Martel Chapman creates a world driven by jazz musicians and musical instruments. In a great effort to Rescue a traditional style, Martel uses Cubism as his basis to develop his complex compositions and deliver a musical atmosphere with his portraits.


“I came across John Coltrane's "Blue Train" re-issue in 1997. I did not realize that his music would change my life. I hadn't recognized what artistry was until that point. I listened to the opening theme a dozen times on my way to work that day. A year later, I quit that job and decided that my main energy was going to be dedicated to the music of jazz and the individuals that created it.” Martel Chapman

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 08:47