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Gregg Chadwick: Revenant by Jeffrey Carlson - July 2014

Gregg Chadwick's "Revenant"
Jeffrey Carlson Reporting Editor, Fine Art Today 

Specters from a distant past ‐‐ or perhaps another level of existence ‐‐ people the nostalgic and visionary works of Gregg Chadwick.

Widely recognized for his figure paintings and cityscapes, Gregg Chadwick presents his latest work in an exhibition titled "Revenant," soon to be unveiled at San Francisco's Sandra Lee Gallery. The exhibition opens July 1, and the opening reception will be held July 10, from 5:30‐7:30 p.m.

Gregg Chadwick, "Salish Sea," 2014, oil on linen, 30 x 24 in.
Sandra Lee Gallery
In viewing Chadwick's paintings, it feels as though we are viewing these people and places through a screen of nostalgic vision. In passages the works are blurred and vague, suggesting forms more than representing them. This lack of definition suggests the uncertainty and vagueness of a lost memory or a fleeting dream; we can picture its shape but are often left grasping at its details.

Gregg Chadwick, "Calle," 2014, oil on linen, 24 x 18 in. 
Sandra Lee Gallery 

Gregg Chadwick, "Revenant," 2014, oil on linen, 24 x 18 in.
Sandra Lee Gallery

Chadwick's process, too, encourages reflection on the simultaneously fleeting and lasting nature of life's experiences. In each painting Chadwick creates a kind of palimpsest, layering transparent pigments and painting over the earlier image. In this way the past is built into the paintings themselves.

Gregg Chadwick, "The Station Agent," 2014, oil on linen, 40 x 40 in.
Sandra Lee Gallery

Gregg Chadwick, "Deerhead Diner," 2014, oil on linen, 24 x 36 in.
Sandra Lee Gallery

"Revenant" will remain on display at Sandra Lee Gallery through July 31, where a concurrent exhibition at Sandra Lee Gallery presents paintings by Evri Kwong. To learn more, visit Sandra Lee Gallery online.

This article was featured in Fine Art Today, a weekly e‐newsletter from Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

Gregg Chadwick, "Mulholland Blue," 2014, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.
Sandra Lee Gallery


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