Visiting Norway, prompted by his Norwegian heritage, Champlin was exposed to the work of Edvard Munch. Munch’s soulful intensity would later influence Champlin’s approach to painting. Champlin has been working professionally as an artist since 1992 with his first exhibition in Memphis, TN, USA. In 1998, he predominately switched to oils as his medium of preference and marked a significant maturation of his style and content. Champlin has exhibited nationally and sold his artworks internationally and his painting has been featured on the cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine. He currently lives and works in the highlands of Maine.
Champlin prefers portraiture and emotional scenes of the human bond and of the human condition. It is this energy and emotion that binds the subject with the canvas and forms the symphonic nature of his work. It is the merging of the moment onto the canvas. A symphysis of subject and form. Champlin boldly uses colour and line to express his artistic vision. The colour is weaved together to form a tapestry. Bold lines give a feeling of motion and energy. His works are the passion and energy of life and the fluidity of which life entails.
Painting is the symphysis between artist and subject - the subject and the artist transcends a part of themselves to the painting creating a perfect union. It is a butterfly and the flower, the butterfly paints the flower flowing on the wind to the next to create new life - the miracle of pollenation.
Painting is a way of thought. There are no words really to describe the process as thoughts are emotions and hues and shapes. It is calculated chaos resulting in harmony. Painting is to capture the spirit as if one could take a breath of wind, hold it and give it to another. Painting is the spirit of man transcended onto canvas.
Art will always be interesting as we are innately intrigued about the plight of the human condition and of the plight of ourselves. It is a map of our journey - our past and our future. This is my inspiration.
1992-93: Madison Ave Art Gallery (Memphis, TN). 1997: International Gallery of Art (London, Ont.). 1997-98: Gallery One (Ellensburg, WA) in 1997-1998. Dec 15, 1996: cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine. Oct. 2005: juried show in the Period One gallery Colour III exhibit (Omaha, NE). EBSQ "Wild Birds" Exhibit Apr. 1-30, 2007; EBSQ's "More than Birth " May 1-31, 2007. EBSQ "Better Late Than Never" Exhibit Dec 1-31, 2007 EBSQ "Nude in Art" Exhibit Feb 1-29, 2008 Agora Gallery "Figuratively Speaking" , 25th Street, NYC, NY Feb 29-Mar 20, 2008. Amsterdam Whitney Gallery "Serenade From a Star", 25th Street, NYC, NY Aug 1-Aug 26, 2008; Agora Gallery, "Contemporary Perspectives" 25th Street, NYC, NY, Jan 30 - Feb 19, 2009; Amsterdam Whitney Gallery (NYC, NY) " Salute to the Stars"; May 8-Jun 2, 2009; Juried book 'International Contemporary Masters 2009' editor/curator Despina Tunberg Harlow Gallery (Augusta, ME) Dec. 4 - 13, 2009 8x10x80
Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art (Las Vegas, NV) Feb 20 - Avr 4, 2010; Opening reception Feb 20, 2010 17:30-21:00 MST
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery (NYC, NY) 25th Street, Avr 2-27, 2010 Opening Reception: Avr 8, 2010 18:00-20:00 EST
Agora Gallery, Jun 4 - Jun 25, 2010; Opening reception Jun 10, 2010
Artists Haven Gallery (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA) Dec 1 - 31, 2010 Opening reception: Dec 4, 2010
Juried Member Absolute Arts; Master Member United Creators; Member Kennebec Valley Art Association
Represented by: Agora Gallery (New York, NY); Amsterdam Whitney Gallery (New York, NY); The Fuschia Tree (F-7 East of Kailash, New Delhi, India); Contemporary Art Network NYC, NY (CANNYC); Artis