George Chaplin

George Chaplin /   George Edwin Chaplin

United States 1931

Abstract Art, Color Field

George Chaplin
George Edwin Chaplin
Male
United States
1931
November 6, 2015
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George Chaplin is an American artist, best known for his color field paintings and use of spectral opposites in it. His entire body of work is generally supremely atmospheric.

Chaplin was born in Portland in Maine. What he carries with himself from his childhood is memory of a fog he used to watch at the Maine seacoast. That, as he calls it “recurring blanket of fog”, helped him understand better his love towards light and colors, just by watching the edges emerge and disappear again, while the sun rolls in…

Chaplin’s Color Field paintings

George Chaplin - Nasu and Silk, 2013
George Chaplin – Nasu and Silk, 2013

George earned his BFA as well as MFA in Fine Art at Yale School of Art, in Connecticut, at the time when famous Josef Albers (a student at the Bauhaus in Germany) was its Chairman. He was studying in so called era of color field theory, in plain 50s abstractionism.

Chaplin is very often described by art critics as a nature’s transcendent painter, due to the special bond he developed with nature, especially ocean, but with a music as well. He said many times that he can feel the emotional impact of light and colors, and that he only celebrates its beauty and the changeable nature of colors. Chaplin actually never visualizes beforehand the painting when he confronts the white canvas. His colors create tension when interacting between themselves, while the shapes keep emerging and submerging into the colors around them.

Changeable Nature of Colors

George Chaplin - Tabun and Nara, 2013
George Chaplin – Tabun and Nara, 2013

George Chaplin taught painting at Trinity College in Hartford more than 40 years and today he is Chair Emeritus of its Fine Arts Department. Chaplin’s paintings are included in museum collections throughout the US.

The artist is represented by EBK Gallery.

George Edwin Chaplin lives in Connecticut.

All artwork images courtesy of EBK Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014George ChaplinEBK Gallery [small works], Hartford, CTSolo
2013George ChaplinE.B.K. Gallery, CTSolo
2009George ChaplinLongboat Key Center for the Arts, FLSolo
2008George ChaplinUnison Gallery, New Platz, NYSolo
2007George ChaplinGallery 11, CTSolo
2007Group showNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (new acquisitions)Group
2006George ChaplinAsolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, FLSolo
2006George ChaplinE.B.K. Gallery, CTSolo
2005Group showGreen Contemporary, Sarasota, FLGroup
2004George ChaplinDesire Snyder Contemporary, Sarasota, FLSolo
2004Group showSwanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KYGroup
2003Group showWallace Fine Arts, Longboat Key, FLGroup
2002George ChaplinCorbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FLSolo
2002George ChaplinTrinity College, CTSolo
2001Group showGlobal Art Source, Zurich, Switzerland (Continuing)Group
1999George ChaplinMiss Porter’s School, Farmington, CTSolo
1999George ChaplinCorbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FLSolo
1998Group showCorbino Galleries, Longboat Key, FLGroup
1998George ChaplinNorwalk Community Technical College, CTSolo
1996George ChaplinUniversity of Connecticut, West Hartford, CTSolo
1996Group showBayer Corporation, Tarrytown, NY (Permanent)Group
1996George ChaplinUnitarian Meeting House, Hartford, CTSolo
1996George ChaplinMattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CTSolo
1995George ChaplinShirota Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1995Group showNorwalk Community Technical College, Norwalk, CTGroup
1994The George Chaplin CollectionWidener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, CTGroup
1994Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1994George ChaplinTrinity College (Retrospective), Hartford, CTSolo
1993Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1993George ChaplinMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTSolo
1992Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1991Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1991George ChaplinMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTSolo
1990Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1989Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1988Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1988George ChaplinTrinity College (Retrospective), Hartford, CTSolo
1987George ChaplinPump House Gallery, Hartford, CTSolo
1987Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1986George ChaplinMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTSolo
1986The Color RedMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1985Diversity of VisionStamford Plaza Hotel, Stamford, CTGroup
1985Gallery OpeningGallery 990, West Hartford, CTGroup
198520th Anniversary Faculty ExhibitWooster Community Art CenterGroup
1985Silvermine Collection ’85Richardson Vicks, Wilton, CTGroup
1985Invited CelebritiesGallery on the Green, Canton, CTGroup
1985DrawingMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1985George ChaplinWaterbury City Club, Waterbury, CTSolo
1985125th Anniversary ExhibitMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1984Group showU.S. Representative, Disarmament Conference, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
1984Group showRhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (Slide Talk)Group
1984Bloomingdale’s 30th Anniversary ExhibitionStamford, CTGroup
1984The Connecticut Artist, A Rare ShowXerox Corporation, Stamford, CTGroup
1984George ChaplinTrinity College, Hartford, CTSolo
1984Group showKhartoum, SudanGroup
1984Dar es SalaamTanzania Guatemala City, GuatemalaGroup
1984Group showKuwait, KuwaitGroup
1984Group showCape Verde Brazzaville, The CongoGroup
1984Group showBrunei Bamaka, MaliGroup
1984Group showU.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1984Silvermine Collection ’84Richardson Vicks, Wilton, CTGroup
1984George ChaplinConference Room, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, NYCSolo
1983Group showAbidjan, Ivory CoastGroup
1983George ChaplinConference Room, Secretary of State, Dept. of State, Washington, D.C.Solo
1983Group showSilvermine Collection ’83, New Canaan, CTGroup
1983Group showTrinity College, Hartford, CTGroup
1983Works on PaperMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1983Group showYaonde, CameroonGroup
1983Group showKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaGroup
1983Group showAccra, GhanaGroup
1983Group showU.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1982Group showU.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1982Group showThe 49 Collection, Stamford, CTGroup
1982Group showSilvermine Guild, Center for the Arts, New Canaan, CTGroup
1982Group showMunson Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1982Media ExhibitionGreenwich Art Barn, Greenwich, CT (invitational)Group
1982Group showBerlin, GermanyGroup
1982Group showSanto Domingo, Dominican RepublicGroup
1982Group showCairo, EgyptGroup
1982Group showValletta, MaltaGroup
1982Group showDublin, IrelandGroup
1982George ChaplinTrinity College, Hartford, CTSolo
1982Group showAbu Dhabi, ArabiaGroup
1981Group showBuenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
19811st Annual Faber Birren Color Award ExhibitionStamford ArtGroup
1981BGroup showranchville Soho Gallery, Georgetown, CTGroup
1981Group showTrinity College, Widener Gallery, Hartford, CTGroup
198132nd New England Annual Painting and Sculpture ExhibitionSilvermine Guild, New Canaan, CTGroup
1981Group showU.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1981Group showAssociation, Stamford, CT (First Prize)Group
1981George ChaplinThe Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CTSolo
1980Group showBethel Gallery, Bethel, CTGroup
198031st New England Annual Painting and Sculpture ExhibitionSilvermine Guild, New Haven, CTGroup
1980Hartford Arts FestivalHartford, CTGroup
1980Group showSoundview Day Care Center, West Haven, CT (First Prize)Group
1980Artists Equity ExhibitOld State House, Hartford, CTGroup
1980Group showSingapore, Malaysia Kuala Lampur, MalaysiaGroup
1980Group showU.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1980George ChaplinJudy Birke Gallery, Woodbridge, CTSolo
1979Group showLome, TogoGroup
1979George ChaplinDiplomatic Lobby, Department of State, Washington, D.C.Solo
1979Group showSoundview Day Care Center (invitational) West Haven, CT (1st Prize)Group
1979Group showWellington, New ZealandGroup
1979Group showLuska, ZambiaGroup
1979Group showCairo, EgyptGroup
1979Group showTrinity College, Widener Gallery, Hartford, CTGroup
1979Group showManila, PhilippinesGroup
1979Group showLisbon, PortugalGroup
1979Group showRabat, MoroccoGroup
1979Group showU.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1979Group showParamaribo, SurinameGroup
1978George ChaplinMattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CTSolo
1978Group showAthens, GreeceGroup
1978Group showMadrid, SpainGroup
1978Group showWarsaw, PolandGroup
1978Group showU.S. Department of State Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1978Group showTrinity College, Hartford, CTGroup
1978Group showNATO Summit Meeting, BelgiumGroup
1978Group showMattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CTGroup
1978Group showSlater Memorial Museum (CT Artists/invitational), Norwich, CTGroup
1978Group showCummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CTGroup
1978Group showConnecticut ’78 (invitational) traveling exhibitionGroup
1978Group showCarlson Art Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CTGroup
1977Group showNew Delhi, India Brasilia, BrazilGroup
1977Group showTel Aviv, Israel Nassau, BahamasGroup
1977Group showGuatemala City, Guatemala Beograd, YugoslaviaGroup
1977Group showPeking, China Budapest, HungaryGroup
1977Group showHelsinki, Finland Mexico City, MexicoGroup
1977Group showU.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1977Group showAnkara, Turkey Port au Prince, HaitiGroup
1977Group showLuxembourg, Belgium San Jose, Costa RicaGroup
1977George ChaplinHampshire College, Amherst, MASolo
1977Group showBonn, Germany The Hague, NetherlandsGroup
1976Group showHartford Arts Festival, Hartford, CTGroup
1976Group showU.S. State Department, Art in Embassies ProgramGroup
1976Group showTrinity College, Hartford, CTGroup
1975Group showThe Jewish Community Center, Hartford, CTGroup
1975Group showThe Gallery 5 East, Hartford, CTGroup
1975Group showPisces Gallery, Truro, MAGroup
1974Group showTrinity College, Hartford, CTGroup
1974Group showThe Jorgenson Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CTGroup
1974Group showThe Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MAGroup
1974Group showMarietta College, Ohio (“Mainstream ’74”)Group
1973Group showThe State Capitol, Hartford, CTGroup
1973Group showHartford Arts Festival, Hartford, CTGroup
1972Group showThe Merchants Bank, Norwalk, CTGroup
1972Group showThe Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CTGroup
1972George ChaplinTrinity College, Hartford, CTSolo
1972Group showThe Jorgenson Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CTGroup
1971George ChaplinStamford Federal Savings and Loan Association, Stamford, CTSolo
1971Group showSilvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CTGroup
1970George ChaplinThe Wooster School, Danbury, CTSolo
1969George ChaplinState University of New York, Cortland, NYSolo
1968George ChaplinSilvermine College of Art, New Canaan, CTSolo
1968Group showFairfield Youth Museum, Fairfield, CTGroup
1967George ChaplinBednarz Galleries, Los Angeles, CASolo
1967Group showThe La Jolla Museum, CAGroup
1966George ChaplinSilvermine College of Art, New Canaan, CTSolo
1965George ChaplinFeingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CASolo
1961Group showThe Worcester Museum, MAGroup
1960Group showYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
1960Group showThe Choate School, Wallingford, CTGroup
1960Group showThe Stable Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1960George ChaplinYale University School of Art, New Haven, CTSolo