Friday, December 31, 2021

As 2021 Shifts to 2022

 by Gregg Chadwick

Gregg Chadwick
Wings of Desire
30"x24"oil on linen 2019
Theresa Brown Collection, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

As 2021 shifts to 2022, I think of years passing like film titles shifting on theater marquees. With that thought, on the day we lost Betty White at 99, I am posting my painting "Wings of Desire". In the spirit of writers Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rushdie, a bit of magical realism often finds its way into my paintings. In memory of Bruno Ganz and in homage to one of my favorite films by Wim Wenders, my oil on linen painting "Wings of Desire" depicts one of my favorite angels hovering by the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Deep thanks @theresabrownrn2021 for loving the film and my painting so much that you had to purchase it!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Painting Is a Team Sport: Wayne Thiebaud

by Gregg Chadwick

"At the heart of Wayne Thiebaud's greatness was his love of art's history and his ability to translate art's standards into his own language for our present.." - Tyler Green

"My favorite Wayne Thiebaud painting is Cup of Coffee. Look at this coloring, what a miracle. What he called being able to 'see the edges of the edges'” - Max Lakin

I was fortunate to meet Wayne Thiebaud a few times when I lived in San Francisco. He was always engaging and always present. The first time I met Thiebaud he was walking out of  the Washington Square Bar and Grill in North Beach on a Fall afternoon in 1991. The Washbag, as the restaurant was affectionately known thanks to San Francisco columnist Herb Caen, was the ultimate place to schmooze with Bay Area politicians and power brokers in the 1980s and 1990s. 
Thiebaud was by himself and didn't seem to be in a hurry after his lunch, so I ventured up to Wayne Thiebaud and thanked him for his artwork. Wayne looked at me and smiled then said, "You must be an artist, a painter, to have said that. You know, that means the world to me, because when a fellow artist recognizes my work, it means that I have done something worthwhile. Thank you for recognizing me." Then he strode off leaving me with a giant smile on my face and a new found badge of courage as an artist. 

Artist and Professor Emeritus Wayne Thiebaud at the under-construction Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in 2016. He died Dec. 25 at the age of 101. 
(Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

I love how Thiebaud painted San Francisco and the Sacramento Delta. My brother went to college at UC Davis and I would sometimes hang out there, trying to soak up the spirit of Thiebaud and Robert Arneson who taught there. “Wayne Thiebaud believed teaching and learning were life's most important pursuits. He loved to read, discuss, and look together with his students,” said Rachel Teagle, founding director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. “‘Painting is a team sport,’” Thiebaud liked to say. “And for his many, many lifelong students, learning with Wayne was a great honor.” 

Wayne Thiebaud
Sunset Streets
48" x 35 3/4" oil on canvas 1985
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase with the aid of funds from public subscription, William L. Gerstle Fund, Fund of the '80s, Clinton Walker Fund, and Thomas W. Weisel
© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Wayne Thiebaud was a great teacher in the classroom and within his artworks themselves. His paintings compel us to recognize the enticing color and subject matter and simultaneously comprehend how they were created. See the form? Good. Now look at the edges. And then the edges of the edges. Thiebaud's painted forms are ringed with glowing auras of color that define space and atmosphere while at the same time keeping us aware of the flat surface they are painted on. Sebastian Smee in the Washington Post writes about this: 
"Thiebaud rims the objects he paints — often pies, cupcakes, ice cream cones or candy machines — with multiple lines of vivid, contrasting color. He does the same with their shadows.

These lines mediate between the objects themselves and their surroundings until the whole ensemble starts to quiver, like a strummed chord."
As a young artist, Thiebaud learned much from Sunday Morning Comics and animation.  Thiebaud expressed that all great artists used the principles of cartooning or caricature as a means of creating individuality and a distinct style. French artist Pierre Bonnard's vibrant work could be described as a caricature of color. And Italian artist Giorgio Morandi's quiet still lifes are also tension filled images. Thiebaud describes the objects in Morandi's painting as if they gripped by a vise. (See video below) In notes for the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud at Museo Morandi - the Morandi Museum in Bologna, Italy finds great affinity between Thiebaud and Morandi:
"an interest for everyday objects, simplified so as to become purely formal elements, the tendency to align them in strictly ordered progressions, the apparent repetition of representations, the study of variants, the aesthetic isolation of objects or groups thereof, the search of strong visual impact through a deep attention to light, form and brushstroke quality. The juxtaposition of their work reveals a shared tendency to subjectively interpret and reconstruct visual reality in conformity to their inner vision." 

Wayne Thiebaud
Girl With Pink Hat 
36" x 29 1/2" oil on canvas 1973
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Jeannette Powell
© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York
Photo by Gregg Chadwick 

California museums, especially in the Bay Area, are rich with Thiebaud's artworks and I have spent days studying his paintings. I find that when an artist's work speaks to me it makes me want to rush back to my studio and paint. When I look at Thiebaud's paintings, I am filled with a kind of artistic epiphany that inspires me and urges me forward. Sebastian Smee describes this well:
 "The color intensification is not affectless and artificial...Your perceptions don’t feel traduced. They’re heightened, as happens when you’re walking through the streets of San Francisco on a summer evening and golden, slanted light ignites everything it hits, casting dramatic, diagonal shadows, and you can’t believe how preposterously gorgeous it all is."

Gregg Chadwick
Gravity's Empire
72"x36" oil on linen 2014
Carlo Siliotto Collection, Los Angeles and Rome, Italy

My painting Gravity's Empire is a San Francisco cityscape that is an homage to Wayne Thiebaud. Indeed, when I am walking the evening streets of San Francisco and a golden, slanted light ignites everything it hits, I often think of Thiebaud. And I can’t believe how preposterously gorgeous life is.

Robert Arneson
California Artist
68 1/4 in. x 27 1/2 in. x 20 1/4 in. stoneware with glazes 1983
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of the Modern Art Council
© Estate of Robert Arneson / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York
Photo by Gregg Chadwick 

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Carpe Librum (Maastricht)


Gregg Chadwick

Carpe Librum (Maastricht)

48"x36"oil on linen 2021

It is so wonderful when a collector shares their reactions and photos of new artworks in their home. Today @danialexlune was surprised by her amazing husband Dave with my painting "Carpe Librum (Maastricht)"

The painting is featured in @art_squat magazine's new interview with me in their 3rd Issue released today - December 25, 2021.  Link at

In the interview I explain that "in the past few years, a magnificent bookstore in Maastricht, The Netherlands (@boekhandel_dominicanen) has inspired a group of my oil paintings and works on paper. I exhibited my latest painting in this series, "Carpe Librum (Maastricht)", at The Other Art Fair at Barker Hangar in September 2021. I find that writers in particular are intrigued by this homage to the world of books and learning."

#art #HappyHolidays #merrychristmas #Books #maastricht #theotherartfair #artsquat #theotherartfairla #writers #readers #contemporaryart

Friday, December 24, 2021

Patti Smith: O Holy Night

Dall'Auditorium della Conciliazione di Roma il Concerto di Natale a scopo benefico giunto alla edizione. Quest'anno dedicato al progetto "Una goccia per la vita - Fondazione Don Bosco nel Mondo".

Gregg Chadwick
40"x30"oil on linen 2019
Private Collection, Central City, Colorado

My oil on linen painting "Litanies à la Vierge Noire (Litany to the Black Virgin)" was commissioned by the Central City Opera as an image for their production of Francis Poulenc's choral work Litanies à la Vierge Noire. Poulenc describes the inspiration behind his sacred piece: "A few days earlier I'd just heard of the tragic death of my colleague ... As I meditated on the fragility of our human frame, I was drawn once more to the life of the spirit. Rocamadour had the effect of restoring me to the faith of my childhood. This sanctuary, undoubtedly the oldest in France ... had everything to captivate me ... The same evening of this visit to Rocamadour, I began my Litanies à la Vierge noire for female voices and organ. In that work I tried to get across the atmosphere of 'peasant devotion' that had struck me so forcibly in that lofty chapel."

The original painting was exhibited and sold at the Opera in Central City, Colorado in 2019. It is now available for prints on Saatchi Art here

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Ms Fitz Basket Brings Holiday Joy

DC Third grade teacher 'Ms Fitz' has Steph Curry range! 

Award-winning WBB player Kathleen Fitzpatrick aka Ms Fitz made basket from across the court later awarding her third graders hot chocolate. 



Monday, December 20, 2021

How the Grinch Stole the Post Office | Robert Reich

Thanks to DeJoy, your presents from Santa Are stuck in a warehouse in downtown Atlanta So call your senators and demand that they act The post office must be saved and DeJoy must be sacked Watch More: Your Guide to Dealing with Uncle Bob ►►

The War & Treaty - Merry Christmas Baby

Hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season!

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Portrait of Frida Cano (E Line)

by Gregg Chadwick 

For the Metro project "We Are…Portraits of Metro Riders by Local Artists", I painted a portrait of artist, writer, and curator Frida Cano. 

Like a steel river, Metro’s E Line connects arts institutions across Los Angeles County. Running from 7th Street in Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica, the E train begins just down Bunker Hill from LA MOCA and the Broad Museum and passes by numerous art cultural centers from the California African-American Museum, to the art gallery districts in West Adams and Culver City, to the Sawtelle Corridor, to Bergamot Station, to the 18th Street Arts Center, ending a few miles from the Ocean Park neighborhood in Santa Monica that inspired artists from Richard Diebenkorn to John Baldessari. 

Frida Cano lives in Echo Park and often travels on the E Line to her art curatorial position in Santa Monica. Frida lives and breathes the concerns of our times. She writes,” As an emerging Mexican artist and curator, focused on the reevaluation of history and culture through Latin American perspectives, it has been my concern to truly communicate the social issues of our times.” Frida rides the train and sees the world reflected in the glass of the E Line as she travels across L.A. Frida believes that art curators, in tandem with artists and critics, can bring circulating and hidden ideas to light. This zeitgeist informed my portrait of Frida Cano, pictured thinking as she waits for the E train. 

"We Are...Portraits of Metro Riders by Local Artists" on view in the Union Station Passageway Art Gallery and in an expanded online gallery celebrates diversity and the community of transit riders. We Are... launches more upcoming programs in 2022 across multiple formats and sites ranging from including buses, trains and stations in Los Angeles County. The program will include even a special Metro Art Bus! Plus, the exhibit will be accompanied by all-ages community engagement programs, including tours, talks, and more. This multi-site exhibition and series of events is presented by Metro Art in collaboration with Metro’s Office of Civil Rights, Racial Equity & Inclusion and Communications departments. #Art #Trains #Metro #LosAngeles #GreggChadwick 

 See more at

Official We Are... Call to Action – IG/FB/Twitter: We Are... a community of riders. Join in Metro’s portrait exhibition! Tag a selfie #SomosWeAre and share your journey.



Metro riders are invited to contribute selfies and personal stories of transit using the hashtag #SomosWeAre

Celebrating the diversity of Los Angeles County and the community of transit riders, We Are…Portraits of Metro Riders by Local Artists is an exhibition featuring portraits presented throughout the Metro system and online. Each rider portrait has a story that is personal and universal, intimate and immediate— a single story among the many stories of 840,000 daily riders on Metro, and each told by an artist with ties to neighborhoods served by Metro.

The We Are… exhibition displays 35 new artworks in the Union Station Passageway Art Gallery along with additional artworks in an expanded online gallery.

To view all images in the online We Are gallery, click here.

Featured artists in the Passageway Art Gallery are Aiseborn, Eric Almanza, Kristina Ambriz, Jazmine Atienza, Susu Attar, Christen Austin, Moses X. Ball, Daniel Barajas, Chelle Barbour, April Bey, Javier Carrillo, Carolyn Castaño, Gregg Chadwick, Sean Cheetham, Cat Ferraz, Carla Jay Harris, Alepsis Hernández, Bodeck Luna Hernandez, Lanise Howard, Bryan Ida, Sheila Karbassian, Kaylynn Kim, Miles Lewis, José M. Loza, Cody Lusby, Rosalind McGary, Samuel Pace, Maria Piñeres, Adele Renault, LP Ǽkili Ross, Carlos Spivey, Edwin Ushiro, Dave Van Patten, J Michael Walker, Angela Willcocks.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab for Cutie

Happy Holidays Folks!

Love this version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Death Cab for Cutie
Ben Gibbard's haunting voice always gets me. 

January Snowball Fight
fresco c. 1405-1410
 Castello Buonconsiglio, Trento, Italy


Provided to YouTube by Redeye Worldwide Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) · Death Cab for Cutie Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) ℗ 2021 Barsuk Records Released on: 2021-12-06

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Happy Birthday Georges Seurat


Gregg Chadwick
Sunday Afternoon With Georges
36"x30"oil on linen 2019
Private Collection Dallas

Happy Birthday Georges Seurat - born on this day in 1859!
My painting "Sunday Afternoon with Georges" is an homage to this groundbreaking artist.

And Rest In Peace Stephen Sondheim

Now in a wonderful collection in Dallas thanks to @theotherartfair -Dallas

Gregg Chadwick
Sunday Afternoon With Georges (detail)
36"x30"oil on linen 2019
Private Collection Dallas

Prints available at: