Khayla Chapman


I-95
Acrylic
26” x 40”
2016


Slugs
Acrylic and Colored Pencil
9” x 12”
2016

Starter Pack
Acrylic and Colored Pencil
9” x 12”
2016


Artist Statement:

My work is celebratory of personal experiences, black culture, social identity, and the 90s. Using various media, I create paintings and drawings that are bold, colorful, detailed and, to some, nostalgic, which creates dialogue and starts many conversations. I view my own work as southern anecdotes; works that are understood naturally by people like me and inquired by others. As a native of Charleston, South Carolina, I do not wish to fall into the category of another artist that caters to tourists. To me, the portrayal of southern black people, working in fields or on boats as the oppressed, is exhausting. Instead, I rather take a more contemporary approach in representing the lifestyle of melanated figures like me.

Bio:

Khayla Chapman was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Her experience in the arts began early while watching and learning from her mother who is very creative. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in art with concentrations in drawing and painting at Winthrop University. During her time as an undergraduate she has created works that are derived from personal experiences, Black culture, and the characteristics of social identity. After graduation, she plans to apply her artistic skills in barber school as well as run a creator’s space to build and connect with other artists.

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