The nostalgic and supremely evocative
paintings of John Chapman have become
world famous in his more than forty-year
career. One of the hallmarks of his work is
the loving re-creation of various modes of
transport, from mighty steam locomotives
to horse-drawn trams, and from classic cars
to Routemaster buses, all shown in settings
appropriate to their era.
In this new collection of his work, the scenes
range from a summer’s day in Blackpool in
1952, as a streamlined ‘Vambac’ tram heads
down to the Pleasure Beach whilst an Alvis
and a Corporation bus head in the opposite
direction; the Flying Scotsman hurtling north to
Edinburgh in the 1930s, passing horses and
men haymaking in the English countryside; to
Churchgate in Bolton in the late 1950s with a
Bedford 10cwt van, a Vauxhall Velox and an
Austin Cambridge completing the scene.
Captured in loving detail, each picture is
accompanied by informative comment from
the artist explaining the significance of the
view and the transport shown within.
In more than 120 timeless images he
evokes memories of happy days now sadly
largely past when British workmanship
and engineering appeared on virtually every
street and in every field.
John Chapman was born in Blackburn,
Lancashire in 1946. After a few years
working as a layout artist on the local
Lancashire Evening Telegraph and then as
a technical illustrator for an engineering
company, he became a full time artist in
1968. He has produced many limited
edition prints and exhibited widely over
the years, specializing in evocations of
the past, particularly in an urban setting
and often featuring historic vehicles as
part of the essential street scene.
This is his second book, following John
Chapman’s Lancashire which was
published by Halsgrove in 2003.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 11 3, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2011.