About Chappell Studios

Michael J Chappell is an award-winning artist with prizes for marine painting, 3D work and theoretical art studies. Since graduating from the UCE and moving to Dorset in 1997 he has become a sought after painter of dramatic seascapes and landscapes which capture the very essence of the forces of nature. In addition he has gained a reputation as a controversial prize winning “sculptor”; his work containing every kind of detritus found on local beaches!

Working mainly “plein air” Michael can be seen out working in all weathers often with his canvas tied and weighted down to protect it from the winter gales which he loves. Of his paintings Michael says:

“Purely representational landscapes can help recall memories, but I want my images to go beyond that to enable the viewer to feel rather than see – to experience rather than know – to stir the emotions rather than the intellect.”


Art Education and Qualifications

1997 University of Central England - BA (hons) Fine Art 
1994 Stourbridge College - BTEC Dip. Foundation Studies in Art & Design
Further & adult education teachers certificate 7307 stage 1&2


1997 Emma Jessie Phipps Award in Theoretical Art Studies
1997 Whitworth Wallis Marine Painting Competition Medal Winner
2001 1st Prize in Sculpture & Installation Bridport Open Art Competition
2003 2nd Prize overall & voted 2nd most popular exhibitor Bridport Open Art Competition