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A fitting tribute

An exhibition, titled Peter Chapman Cover Art, has been running at Macquarie University since May 18 and will end on Friday, June 29.

At the opening of the exhibition Peter Chapman Cover Art were Narrabri’s Helen Madden, her children Maeve and Jad, their grandmother (and Peter Chapman’s widow) Meg Madden and exhibition curator Associate Professor Peter Doyle of Macquarie University.

An exhibition of work by the late renowned Narrabri artist Peter Chapman is proving to be a hit in Sydney.

The exhibition, titled Peter Chapman Cover Art, has been running at Macquarie University since May 18 and will end on Friday, June 29.

Mr Chapman died in 2016 aged 91 after a long career as a comic-book creator during the heyday of that art form, and as an artist in general.

He was made a member of the Australian Comic Book Hall of Fame shortly before his death and also inspired many locals to take up art.

Many members of Mr Chapman’s family attended the exhibition opening last month, including his widow Meg Madden and a Narrabri contingent.

That included Ms Madden’s brother and sister-in-law Fred and Irene Baldwin, Ms Madden’s daughter Helen Madden and her children Maeve and Jad Harris, and former Narrabri residents Piri and Justin Stein.

Meg Madden said she also met Mr Chapman’s sister Marie McFarland at the exhibition for the first time in 33 years.

“She was just blown away, she said ‘I had no idea he’d done all this’,” Ms Madden said.