Jamie Chapman was born in the United Kingdom. His family immigrated to New Zealand and settled in Whangarei when he was 2 years old.
Chapman studied Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College, Auckland before travelling to Europe to further develop his appreciation for paintings by the Masters. He returned to Auckland to pursue and complete his Master’s degree at Elam, School of Fine Arts.
In 2012 Chapman was the recipient of the Joe Raynes Scholarship, University of Auckland and in 2013 was the winner of the National Youth Art Award run by ArtsPost, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton. His work is held in the Wallace Arts Trust collection.