Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cinematographer's Dream

by Gregg Chadwick

Gregg Chadwick
Cinematographer's Dream
30"x40" oil on linen 2018   

I created Cinematographer's Dream in honor of the first Women Illuminated Film Festival which takes place March 12, 2018 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, parallel to the United Nation’s 62nd Annual Commision on the Status of Women (CSW).
The one­ day event showcases documentary, short, and feature length films by women filmmakers, grappling with the most pressing issues of our time.

The Women Illuminated Film Festival is particularly timely, as this year’s CSW review theme is “participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.”

My painting Cinematographer's Dream is part of a series of  artworks on the history of the movie business and Los Angeles. Set in the early 21st Century, Cinematographer's Dream depicts a world on the cusp of change. Inspired by Oscar nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who shot Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, and Black Panther, as well as the filmmakers featured in the Women Illuminated Film Festival, my painting looks forward to a more inclusive future.

More at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-illuminated-film-festival-tickets-43139246648

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Resistance Turns to the Arts

Gregg Chadwick speaks at the AACN Symposium at UCLA
on Art as a Tool for Social Justice

by Gregg Chadwick
Last Thursday, I spoke at the AACN Symposium at UCLA on Art as a Tool for Social Justice. It was an honor to speak at my alma mater. UCLA's proud history of advancing civil rights was a prime reason I attended the university as an undergraduate. I was inspired by the heroic stories of  UCLA alums: 
Jackie Robinson as he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
Kenny Washington as he broke the color barrier in the National Football League in 1946
Ralph Bunche at the UN.  And as I learned later the advocacy for social justice by UCLA Nursing Grad AfAf Meleis.
As I write this, I am reminded that six years ago today, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed for simply being black in America. His death fueled a movement. I also remember that with millions of others, I marched on January 21, 2017 in the #WomensMarch. Our crowd in Los Angeles numbered around 750,000. This year on January 20, 2018, I marched again, and the crowd was estimated by L.A. Mayor Garcetti at 600,000. Artists often use their creations as a sort of reflecting device that mirrors and focuses the viewer’s attention on social and political change.  As Marvin Gaye sang so poignantly- “What’s going on.”

Margy Waller on her blog The Bright Ride has a powerful post up entitled Artistic Resistance In Our America .  Poignant and on point.  She points to Jeffrey Kahane's minor keyed interpretation of America the Beautiful. In our time, where does art stand in the current climate of Resistance against violence, racism, sexism, and anti-LGBT bigotry?  As I said at UCLA, art possesses an uncanny ability to communicate ideas and feelings that journalism  sometimes struggles to convey. It seems that especially in times of struggle or unrest, art helps us connect to the personhood of others. Jeffrey Kahane helps us connect to the intertwined history of the United States. Kahane seems to play a lament, not for our lost innocence - as Americans we never were innocent with our history of enslavement and brutal conquest. But instead, in Kahane's notes, I hear the slow, dogged pursuit of justice. In my mind's eye as Kahane plays, I see the heroic faces of the justice workers who have come before us and the faces of the current generation of students fighting oppression, gun violence, and tainted water supplies. As Margy Waller writes,"We will resist. We will return.Thank you, Jeffrey Kahane—for a moment of stunning artistic protest."

From Teen Vogue
Photo by Michele Sandberg/Getty Images

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

                                                     Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Get Your Free Tickets Now to THE OTHER ART FAIR in Los Angeles - Courtesy of Gregg Chadwick

Gregg Chadwick
City of Mirrors (61 vette)
24”x30” oil on linen 2018

Thursday, March 15: 6 to 10 p.m.   
 (Private VIP Viewing)

Please enter your details at the link below to secure your complimentary Private Viewing ticket to The Other Art Fair.    
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This Private Viewing invitation provides access to the fair between Thursday March 15 - Sunday March 18. 

You must RSVP before March 15, 2018 to register for the Private View. 

The Other Art Fair 

at the Majestic Downtown

650 South Spring Street 

Los Angeles, 90014 United States

I am pleased to provide this special perk for my collectors, patrons, followers, and their guests. Excited to see you at
 the inaugural Los Angeles edition of The Other Art Fair which comes to Downtown Los Angeles from March 15-18. I am exhibiting a selection of artworks from my traveling exhibition Mystery Train, which examines the mythos of America as seen through the physical and cultural history of the railroad in the United States, and also a new series of works that engage the viewer in the story of Los Angeles, reaching right up to the Women's Marches of 2017 and 2018. I also will have a new series of works on paper available, as well as small sized paintings. 
Hosted at the Majestic Downtown, and presented by the world's leading online art gallery Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair showcases work by 100 talented emerging artists, each hand picked by a selection committee of art world experts. Art lovers can visit the fair with the confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising artists in a unique and immersive experience. 

Gregg Chadwick
Steel Rivers (Rio Grande)
30”x40” oil on linen 2018

And if you can't make the Private View opening night, I am happy to provide complimentary access for the run of the fair. Details to obtain your free tickets below:


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Gregg Chadwick
Mystery Train (20th Century Limited)

60”x48” oil on linen 2016

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Young Shall Inherit the Earth

Students at Maryland schools are walking out of classes today to take their message directly to the NRA sponsored representatives in Washington DC. As the Parkland survivors have demonstrated, now is the time for action against gun violence.

“Don’t Shoot” was created in solidarity with Saturday’s #marchforourlives and in response to the horrific, senseless gun violence in America. The youth have stood up against the NRA and I applaud them. I will be at the March on Saturday and then make it back for the Santa Monica Airport Artwalk. May we join in the spirit of nonviolence and togetherness. #art #artandsocialjustice

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

March for Our Lives Donations

Please donate on the March For Our Lives' GoFundMe page. According to their mission statement, the campaign was started by Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

"Our team has been working hard since day one. The funds will be spent on the incredibly difficult and expensive process that is organizing a march like this. We have people making more specific plans, but for now know that this is for the march and everything left over will be going to the victims' funds."
Not including Oprah, George and Amal's donations, as of Feb. 20, the campaign has raised more than $1million towards its $1.5 million goal. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Emma Gonzalez Calls Out the NRA!

Yuzuru Hanyu Wins Gold Again!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chloe Kim Proves That Immigrants to the US Bring Gold!

Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.

Michelle Obama's official portrait, painted by Amy Sherald,
unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.

Barack Obama's official portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, 
unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Figure skater Mirai Nagasu is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics

Figure skater is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics.

Adam Rippon's Olympic Debut Is Glorious

He Called Her "Lightning"

Gregg Chadwick
Lightning (Edith Desch)
36"x 24" oil on linen 2018

Jersey Memories - Grandma Desch

by Gregg Chadwick

When I was little and my dad was off in Vietnam during the war, we lived in a small, rented carriage house behind a big estate. On the way to school each morning we would walk by the train platform full of commuters waiting for their ride into the city. I knew my Grandpa Desch drove trains and I often wondered as we passed over the tracks on the bridge on Ridgewood Avenue whether he was in one of the engines down below. It's only thirty minutes by train from Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to Penn Station in Manhattan. Yet, there seemed to be a world of difference between my town with its quiet gas-lamp lit streets and the bustling avenues in New York City. The train was the artery between those two worlds and I never forgot it. 

The kitchen in Garwood was where Grandma Desch would spread her warmth. 

In a similar fashion, the quiet evenings at the house where my dad's parents lived in Montclair were a world away from my mom's parents' boisterous home in Garwood. Being one of eleven children, my mom was thrown into a swirl of hugs, greetings, questions, and desires the minute we walked through the door of the Desch home. Small in size, but full of warmth, my grandparents' house was a neighborhood gathering place. A black and white TV was usually on in the living room with a ballgame playing or often on weekend afternoons a pulpy science fiction film. Grandpa would often hold court here on his days off from the railroad. I remember Grandpa mussing up my hair when we arrived in a warm hearted gesture that implied get comfortable and join the fun. I was considered shy as a kid in this environment, and with my Southern California accent, I wasn't quite a true Jersey kid either.  If the living room was Grandpa's domain, the kitchen in Garwood was where Grandma Desch would spread her warmth. Usually wearing an apron, Grandma's world extended from the stove, to the sink, to the screen door leading out to the second story porch. Her meals were hearty and reflecting our Irish/German roots ranged from corned beef and cabbage to sauerkraut and sausages. My favorite breakfast at her house was a plate of browned potatoes fried up in her cast iron pan. 

"What's your exit?"

I remember Grandma giggling one morning when I spread mustard on my bread instead of butter because of a billboard I saw along the New Jersey Turnpike that depicted buttered bread with such a mustardy yellow that I thought it had to be a French's condiment ad. The New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway run the length of the state and at first meeting folks from Jersey often ask,"What's your exit?" Grandma and Grandpa Desch lived off of Exit 136 in Garwood, New Jersey. When we drove there from Exit 148 in Glen Ridge we would often detour through Irvington to grab an Italian hotdog or sausage at Jimmy Buff's. 

Gregg Chadwick
Jersey Rain (Jimmy Buff's)
30"x 40" oil on linen 2016

There are a few classic New Jersey staples: pork roll sandwiches such as Taylor Ham, saltwater taffy at the Jersey shore, and Italian hot dogs at roadside restaurants up and down the state. But, it is the smell of Taylor Ham cooking on a griddle that always brings me back to Grandma's kitchen.

An accumulation of memories

After painting my grandfather in Jersey Central Engineer (Arthur Desch), I was asked by my Uncle Jake to paint a companion piece of Grandma Edith Desch. His wish to honor both of his parents with my paintings of them was of great interest to me. In artworks such as these two portraits, venturing back into my childhood memories is an essential part in crafting a painting. Sadly, my grandmother passed away in 1976 and time has faded even the photographs we have of her. I would have to dig deep and remember the woman that my grandfather nicknamed Lightning. Hearing my extended family's stories of their times with the Desch clan helped me settle upon an idea for my portrait of Grandma Desch. She needed to be in her kitchen and she would need to have a warmth of spirit. Her painting would be built from an accumulation of memories. 

 Gregg Chadwick (center), his brother Kent Chadwick, 
and a group of Desch cousins in Garwood, New Jersey 

Gregg Chadwick
Jersey Cantos
16"x 20" oil on linen 2016