Bevan M. Chipman was born 1934 in American Fork, Utah. In 1941, his father took employment with the Bingham Garfield Railroad (Kennecott Copper) and his family moved to Magna. He attended public school in Magna and Garfield and graduated from Cyprus High School in 1953. He attended Brigham Young University for a year and a half and fulfilled an LDS mission to Australia. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and two years later received a Master's Degree in Social Work from the same University.
From 1963 to 1967, Bevan was employed by the Santa Clara Welfare Department in San Jose, California, working with foster children and adoptions with unwed mothers. From August 1967 until his retirement in June 1995, he was employed by the Jordan School District as a social worker and a counselor at Alta High School.
After retirement, Bevan became serious about painting, taking classes and workshops from Kent Wallis, Ken Baxter, Ed Maryon and Earl Jones. In 1989, he spent a summer at the La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy and worked with Betty Lynch, Martha Mans and Charlotte Brinton.
Bevan had several "solo" exhibits and participated in numerous group shows. He exhibited at the Bountiful Art Center, Art Access Gallery, the Glendinning Gallery, Flat Rabbit Gallery in Park City and the Bertha Eccles Gallery in Ogden. He won numerous awards, including two "Best of Show" awards with the Utah Watercolor Society. In 2004, Bevan exhibited a number of works depicting Sudanese refugees living in Salt Lake City entitled "The Women."
In addition to creating his own artwork, Bevan was an avid collector of Utah art and was involved in many exhibits of Utah artists. Read an article on Bevan in Artists of Utah's 15 Bytes.
Bevan Chipman passed away in September 2007 after a struggle with cancer. For a memorial on Bevan written by his friend, Kindra Fehr, go here.
"Drawing, doodling and painting have always been an interest, a hobby and love. I remember the Christmas when I was about fifteen years old and received my first set of oil paints. I still have it and remember the excitement that I felt.
Since my retirement I have been able to combine my interest in travel with my love for painting. In 1997, I went to Turkey, Greece and Mexico. In June 1998, I spent a month in Eastern Europe visiting Prague, Czech Republic, Budapest, Slovakia and Poland. And later I went to France, Singapore, Bali, Turkey and Mexico. Everywhere I travel I see places, people and scenes that I want to paint. Consequently, I use my camera to record the "painting" until I am back in my studio, and using the photo, paint the picture. When I am traveling I also paint on location.
I paint for the joy of painting and to share the beauty that I see in the world with others. I do not have any particular philosophy or "ax to grind" and I do not wish to make any political statements. Painting has provided me with a rich and wonderful retirement. Selling my paintings has more or less paid for my trips."