Aaron Chapman (b. 1990) is a photographer and writer from the Gold Coast, Australia. After several years travelling and working abroad, he returned to the Gold Coast to complete a Bachelor Arts at Griffith University. This return home marked the start of his focused storytelling practice and its ongoing development. Currently, he is working on long-term projects documenting his hometown by considering how, as a tourist city, its subcultures and associated stereotypes influence the perception of those who live there permanently.

EXHIBITIONS (GROUP)

2019 Borderlands. M-Arts Precinct. Murwillumbah (forthcoming).
Façade: Art Deco of Murwillumbah. M-Arts Precinct. Murwillumbah.
50 Squared Art Prize. Brunswick Street Gallery. Melbourne.

2018 Ilford Salon 2018. Centre for Contemporary Photography. Melbourne.
Keep The Fire Burning. Hillvale Gallery. Melbourne.
Surface Architecture / Parallel City (Super Souvenir). Edge — AIA Conference. Gold Coast.
June Exhibition. Left Bank Gallery. Gold Coast.
LANDSCAPE / LANDSCOPE. The Walls Art Space. Gold Coast.
Parallel City (Super Souvenir). Bleach Festival + Festival 2018. Gold Coast.

2016 OPEN NIGHT. Maverick Hair & Art Space. Gold Coast.

EXHIBITIONS (SOLO)

2018 The Rest Is West. The Walls Art Space. Collaboration with HOTA. Gold Coast.
Concrete Poetry. Head On Photo Festival 2018. Four Six Eight. Sydney.

AWARDS

2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Semi-Finalist.
Selected Participant, Alec Soth’s ‘Making a Photobook That Matters’ Workshop, Vancouver, BC. Fotofilmic (forthcoming).

2017 Chromatic Awards International Color Photography Contest, Cityscapes Category, Honourable Mention
Australia's Top Emerging Photographer 2017, Art Category, Highly Commended for 'Concrete Poetry'
The Independent Photographer Color Photography Award, Editor's Pick

2016 Lomography Breaking Boundaries Award, Winner
Gold Coast Open House Photography Competition, Finalist

2015 Griffith University School of Humanities Writing Prize

GRANTS, RESIDENCIES + COMMISSIONS

2019 GERMINATE Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
Navigate Program. Supported by City of Gold Coast Council.

2018 LENSGC Commission. Supported by City of Gold Coast Council.
Re:membering by Umwelt Collective Commission.
Super Souvenir for Edge AIA Conference Commission.
Super Souvenir for Bleach Festival / Festival 2018 Commission.

2016 ABC / Griffith University Virtual Residency.

COLLECTIONS

Latimer’s Crossing [2018] — HOTA (Home of the Arts) Gallery Collection. Gold Coast.
The Rest is West [2018] Artist Book — HOTA (Home of the Arts) Gallery Collection. Gold Coast
Highway Gothic [2018] — HOTA (Home of the Arts) Gallery Collection. Gold Coast.
Private collections in Australia.
Private collections in Germany
Private collections in United States.

WORKSHOPS

2019 Visual Literacy: Between Photographs & Words with Aaron Chapman (forthcoming).
Phone Photography & Digital Storytelling Experience. Gold Coast Student Hub (May — forthcoming).
Phone Photography & Digital Storytelling Experience. Gold Coast Student Hub (April).
Head Shots with Aaron Chapman. Gold Coast Film Festival. ArtLab. HOTA. Gold Coast.
Phone Photography Workshop. HOTA. Gold Coast.
Aaron Chapman x Shibui Film, Film Photography Workshop. Helensvale State High School. HOTA. Gold Coast.

2018 Vintage Film Photography with Aaron Chapman. ArtLab. HOTA. Gold Coast.
The Digital Souvenir, Photography Workshop. Gold Coast Student Hub.

APPEARANCES

2018 Artist talk. The Rest is West. The Walls Art Space. Collaboration with HOTA. Gold Coast.
Snap Your Southport Photography Competition hosted by Australia Fair. Guest judge.

PUBLICATIONS + SELECTED PRESS

Hard Wired. Rarlo Magazine. Issue 1.
Richard & Elifasa [2018]. Melbourne Milieu.
Ben & Jessie [2018]. Cover image. Melbourne Milieu.
Talent Implied 2018. Cover image.
The Rest is West. Self-published.
CreativPaper Magazine. Issue 10.
The First Palette of a Found Paradise. Self-published.
The Photographic Alphabet: C is for Aaron Chapman. Museé Magazine. 
NOICE Magazine. Issue 010.
Aaron Chapman. Staff Choice. Art Upon.
Found Photography With Volvo & Barbara Davidson. NOICE Magazine.
If A Tree Falls In The Bialowieza Forest: A Minecraft Education. NOICE Magazine.
Chromatic Awards International Color Photography Contest, Honorable Mention: Cityscapes
Talent Implied 2017. Cover image.
En Route. Paradise Magazine. Issue 2.
Geometry. Salon Exhibition—The Passporte Gallery.
Travelling through India belongs to the individual. Rarlo Magazine.
Vegetarian Literature. NOICE Magazine.
Camp Song. Chesapeake Bay Magazine.
NOICE Magazine. Issue 009.
Hard Wired. Rarlo Magazine.
Interview with Jay Jermyn (VEOPLE). Rarlo Magazine.
"CAESURA" by Demetris Koilalous. NOICE Magazine.
Out of Touchscreen: An Addiction To Handheld Devices. NOICE Magazine.
What We’ve Found: Color. Aint-Bad.
Editors’ Picks - Colour Photography Award. The Independent Photographer.         
145 Minimal Photos Find Magic In the Mundane. Feature Shoot.            
Postcards of A Man. LOST Magazine. 
Ocean Living. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 5.
Dissecting Worm. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 5.
Snippets of Sri. Nouvelle Vague. 
The Contrasts of Available Light. Life Framer.
Ivy Thomas Media Kit. i.am.global.
For That Feeling. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 4.
Mingling with Ambrose McNeill. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 4.
That Solitude is Not. Nouvelle Vague.
Travelling through India belongs to the individual. The Adventure Handbook.
Fever Tree. Nouvelle Vague. 
Talent Implied 2016. Cover image.                 
Surfers Country. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 3.
Some More Samoa. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 3.
Double Exposures Are a New Way to Think of the Surf Experience. The Inertia.
Choosing Road. Nouvelle Vague.  
Be a Maverick. Blank Gold Coast, issue 39.
Golden Breed in Coolangatta - Photos From the Opening. Pacific Longboarder.
The Lord’s Land. Nouvelle Vague.
Where We Belong. Salt Water.
A Promise Kept - Tyler Wright's World Title Pledge. Tracks, issue 555.
Hospital Food. Talent Implied 2016.
Into the mind of: Aaron Chapman. Nouvelle Vague.                     
Blank and Blue. Blank Gold Coast, issue 38.       
Dozens of Craftsman, Hundreds of Boards. Pacific Longboarder.
Coast to Coast with Fran Miller. Blank Gold Coast, issue 37.
Braised Ribs . . . (Ahem), Bruised Ribs? Pacific Longboarder.
Surf Collective - The Good News. Pacific Longboarder.
Synaesthesia with Veople's Jay Jermyn. Blank Gold Coast, issue 36.
Covering Covers. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 2.
One More Christmas. NoiseMedium.
Jay Jermyn. Artist/Designer. Personal Website.
Hanging Up the Boots. ABC / Griffith University Virtual Residency.
The Modern Approach. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 18, no. 5.
One More Christmas. ABC / Griffith University Virtual Residency.
Kids These Days. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 18, no. 4.
Last Rites. TEXT Journal, vol. 19, no. 2.
Dreaming of Convents. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 18, no. 3.
Brink of Parenthood. Getamungstit, issue 3.
Borderland – A Fran Miller Portfolio. Pacific Longboarder, vol. 19, no. 2.
Talent Implied 2015. Cover image.

EDUCATION

2016 Bachelor of Art, Creative Writing & Literature. Griffith University. Gold Coast.