"Santa Monica Nocturne" by Gregg Chadwick, Oil on Linen
24” X 36”
Oil on Linen
Original Art Work
In my oil on linen painting Santa Monica Nocturne, the last rays of the setting sun cast an orange glow across the sky. A woman walks toward the illuminated Santa Monica Pier. You can almost hear the crashing surf and in the distance the muffled laughter of pleasure lovers on the pier. Flashing lights and spinning wheels bring back memories of warm summer days and cool nights in California.
Notes on Technique: Ghosts of earlier ideas appear within my artworks and combine with other transparent moments to create a semblance of movement, of time passing. I build a combination of shadow and illumination in each painting to create a sensation of light emanating from the work. I work with oil paint and usually create at least one color in each painting from ground pigments mixed by hand with linseed oil. Linseed oil has the propensity to grow more transparent with age and visible traces of earlier painted marks gradually appear because of this tendency — called pentimenti. I embrace this eventual outcome in my work and incorporate planned and unplanned pentimenti in my process.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Gregg Chadwick has exhibited his artworks in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally.
He earned a Bachelor's Degree at UCLA and a Master’s Degree at NYU, both in Fine Art. He has had notable solo exhibitions at the Manifesta Maastricht Gallery (Maastricht, The Netherlands), Space AD 2000 (Tokyo, Japan), the Lisa Coscino Gallery (Pacific Grove, CA), the Julie Nester Gallery (Park City, Utah), the Sandra Lee Gallery (San Francisco), and Audis Husar Fine Arts (Los Angeles) among others.
He has participated in over one hundred group exhibitions including the L Ross Gallery (Memphis, Tennessee), the Andrea Schwartz Gallery (San Francisco), the LOOK Gallery (Los Angeles), the di Rosa Preserve Gallery (Napa), and the Arts Club of Washington (Washington DC). Chadwick’s artwork has been featured at Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago, Aqua Art Miami, artMRKT San Francisco, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, and the LA Art Show.
Chadwick's art is notably included in the collections of the Adobe Corporation, the Gilpin Museum, the Central City Opera, the Graciela Hotel Burbank, the Harbor Court Hotel, the Kimpton Group, Nordstrom, the W Hotel Hollywood, the UCLA School of Nursing, and Winona State University.
Chadwick is frequently invited to lecture on the arts; twice a year he delivers a key lecture on art and social justice at UCLA in an interdisciplinary form with the UCLA School of Nursing, and has spoken at Monterey Peninsula College, the Esalen Institute, and at the World Views forum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In Winter 2020, Chadwick was a working artist in residence at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles leading students at Culver City High School in an exploration of Dael Orlandersmith’s “Until the Flood.”
Chadwick is the proud father of his transgender daughter Cassiel Chadwick.