Portia (Po) Chapman

Mixed media artist

Portia Po Chapman (BFAH, B.Ed.) is a Kingston based emerging, contemporary artist, illustrator, muralist and drum maker.

Portia Po Chapman is an emerging, contemporary artist, illustrator, muralist, and drum maker.  As a freelance commission artist, she is locally known for her three Base31 murals, “Warbler Watching” in the Aviators Garden, “Building a Bright Future” in the Lecture Hall, and “Exploring the Senses” in the Sensory Garden.  She is an avid supporter of the South Shore Joint Initiative.  For the “Night of the Monarch” Gala she painted, “Together in Moonlight.”  During the fall of 2023, Po had a solo drum exhibition, “Drumming Sounds of Colour,” and her illustrations were published on the cover and interior of the book Ways of Being in the World.  She holds a BFAH in Visual Art from Queen’s University and received the Queen’s Medal in Visual Art 2019 as the top program graduate. Po’s illustrations have been both published on digital and in print platforms.  Po first became known for her circular icons that she illustrated for Queen’s University’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives and later for the Bachelor of Education website.  She received national recognition when her “Truth” image went viral during the first day of Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Po’s current style is inspired by nature and wild grapevine silhouettes cast by the noonday sun shining through them.  Please feel welcome to contact Po for your commission projects.

Featured Works
Truth (Queen's Office of Indigenous Initiatives)