Saturday, December 31, 2011

John Chapman's Transport Paintings

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire (as in the Beatles 'Day in the Life'), artist John Chapman has taken a long interest in transport subjects and this recent book is a nice collection of more than 120 of his paintings,. mostly set in the 1950s.  His stories of his personal experiences of the of many of the subjects help to engage the reader. The themes include cityscapes, countryside, depots and wharves. Most of the cars, trucks and vans were seen in this part of the world, and the rest of the subjects have a feeling of familiarity because of all the British movies and TV shows that made it here.  The book has 144 colourful pages in a 270 mm square format, hardcover with jacket (on which the illustration is of New Market Street, Leeds, circa 1950).

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