Art: Old-Fashioned Artist

"In Chicago nobody seems to care about many things connected with taste," says Ohio-born Artist Francis Chapin. But reservations about his fellow citizens' esthetic sensibilities have not kept Artist Chapin, 51, from spending most of the last 30 years in & around Chicago. By last week, Chicago had repaid his perseverance by awarding his bright, breezy Black Bull top painting honors and a $750 purse at the Art Institute's big 54th Annual Show.

Sketched on a Mexican vacation last year, Chapin's bullfight scene was a far cry from his better-known studies of Chicago's garish,...

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