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Gregg Chadwick

The Hush of Stars: Pianist Giuseppina Torre at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica  
Posted 4/6/14

Gregg Chadwick Sea and Shadow (Mare e Ombra) 30"x20" oil on linen 2014 Courtesy Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco Last night Italian pianist Giuseppina Torre gazed attentively at my painting Sea and Shadow (Mare e Ombra) and said to me,"La luce a Venezia è magica." I agreed, the light in Venice is magic. And there is light in Giuseppina Torre's music as well. Earlier that evening in the Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios she gave us a taste of her haunting piano compositions at t... [more]

Gregg Chadwick's "Trains and Stations" at Santa Monica Airport Artwalk 2014  
Posted 3/13/14

Gregg ChadwickThe Emperor's Train 68"x144" oil on Japanese screen 2014 and Empire State (Grand Central) 72"x36" oil on linen 2013 Courtesy Sandra Lee Gallery As part of the Santa Monica Airport Artwalk 2014, my installation "Trains and Stations" will be on view in the Hangar West Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios. My studio #15, directly across from the screen, will also be open and will include new paintings on this theme. Opening reception - Saturday... [more]

The Simpsons' Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli  
Posted 1/10/14

by Gregg Chadwick Beer for Homer at Miyazaki's Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japanphoto by Gregg Chadwick I just love this new clip from Sunday's upcoming Simpsons episode which includes a wonderful and comedic tribute to animator Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The magic that Miyazaki has created resonates globally. Enjoy! Robot From Castle in the Sky at Ghibli Museumphoto by Gregg Chadwick Labels: anime, david silverman, gregg chadwick, Hayao Miya... [more]

New Year's Exhibition at the Sandra Lee Gallery  
Posted 1/9/14

Gregg Chadwickl'Horloge de Baudelaire (Baudelaire's Clock) 40" x 30" oil on linen 2013courtesy Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California Opening on January 9, 2014, from 5:00-7:30pm, at the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, California is a new group exhibition which includes my artwork along with work by Kathryn Arnold, Henry Jackson, Irena Kononova, Jeremy Morgan, Jeffrey Palladini, Hyun Su Park, Daniel Phill, George Rivera, Jungsan Senim and others. The exhibitio... [more]

Wednesday at Book Passage in Corte Madera - Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day  
Posted 12/16/13

Gregg ChadwickIndigo Night 30"x24" oil on linen 2013 Courtesy Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California On Friday, December 13th, we chased away the demons with an inspiring book reading at Book Soup on Sunset in Hollywood with the presentation of Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey into Day, which includes my essay Night Painting. Please join us at Book Passage in Corte Madera on December 18, 2013 at 7 pm for our next event. I will again... [more]

Tonight at Book Soup - Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day  
Posted 12/13/13

Gregg ChadwickNight Swim, Kaufmann House24"x30" oil on linen 2013 This Friday the 13th chase away the demons with an inspiring book reading. Tonight at Book Soup on Sunset in Hollywood at 7 pm we will be presenting Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey into Day, which includes my essay Painting at Night. This marvelous book, edited by Phil Cousineau, includes an inspiring array of essays and poems: including pieces by Vince... [more]

Tonight at Book Soup - Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day  
Posted 12/13/13

Gregg ChadwickNight Swim, Kaufmann House24"x30" oil on linen 2013 This Friday the 13th chase away the demons with an inspiring book reading. Tonight at Book Soup on Sunset in Hollywood at 7 pm we will be presenting Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey into Day, which includes my essay Painting at Night. This marvelous book, edited by Phil Cousineau, includes an inspiring array of essays and poems: including pieces by Vince... [more]

The Courage to Create at Esalen December 6-8 2013  
Posted 12/3/13

The Courage to Create WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 6-8, 2013 Gregg Chadwick The Painter (il miglior fabbro) 24"x30" oil on linen 2013 What role does creativity play in our lives? Is it an inner imperative that helps us forge the well-lived life? This workshop at Esalen, situated along California's rugged Big Sur coastline, engages with the notion that creativity is a “battle with the gods” in light of its Latin origins in the word creare, the natural urge “to grow or... [more]

Mulholland Blue  
Posted 11/3/13

Mulholland Blue by Gregg Chadwick on Saatchi Online. Saatchi Online There’s something very Lynchian about this work by Los Angeles-based artist Gregg Chadwick: out “Mulholland Blue” and more in our New This Week collection: [more]

9th Anniversary of Santa Monica Art Studios on Saturday, October 12, 2013 , 6-9 pm  
Posted 10/7/13

Gregg Chadwick Mulholland Blue 24"x30" oil on linen 2013 Please join me for the 9th Anniversary of Santa Monica Art Studios on Saturday, October 12, 6-9 pm and Sunday, October 13, 1-5 pm. I will be giving a sneak peek of my new artwork and would love to see you! Also all of the painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists who call Santa Monica Art Studios home will open their working spaces for the event. Hope to see you soon. Gregg... [more]

Homage to VÍctor Jara  
Posted 9/14/13

"As every cell in Chile will tell, the cries of the tortured men. Remember Allende in the days before, before the army came. Please remember Víctor Jara, in the Santiago Stadium. Es Verdad, those Washington Bullets again." -from Washington Bullets, The Clash - 1980 "And in the world a heart of darkness, a fire zone. Where poets speak their heart, then bleed for it. Jara sang, his song a weapon, in the hands of love. Though his blood still cries from the ground." - from One Tree Hill, U2 -... [more]

Introducing the Getty Museum's Open Content Program  
Posted 8/13/13

by Gregg Chadwick Unknown maker, French (photographer) , Polyorama Panoptique Lorchette Enchantée, French, about 1855, Lithograph, colored, Image: 8.3 x 16.5 cm (3 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.) Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program The Getty Museum in Los Angeles is making available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds rights or that are in the public domain. These images may be used for any purpose. No permission is r... [more]

Sandra Lee and Artist Gregg Chadwick at artMRKT San Francisco  
Posted 5/22/13

Sandra Lee and Artist Gregg Chadwick at artMRKT San Francisco, a photo by Yossi Govrin of GreggChadwick on Flickr. [more]

What’s New This Month: May, 2013  
Posted 5/14/13

Gregg Chadwickl'Horloge de Baudelaire40"x30" oil on linen 2013   My paintings will be showcased in the Sandra Lee Gallery booth  at artMRKT San Francisco - an international art fair held May 16-19, 2013  Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California.        I will be speaking at the upcoming “Categorically Not” event on Sunday May 19, 2013 at the Santa Monica Art Studios about my painting process and “what lies beneath” the... [more]

Astronaut Performs David Bowies's Space Oddity While Orbiting the Earth  
Posted 5/13/13

Tonight, a stunning cover of David Bowie's Haunting song Space Oddity was released from space by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station. The imagery is stunning, reminiscent of the film Moon directed by David Bowie's son Duncan Jones. Sometimes life really does imitate art, even while orbiting earth in a tin capsule in space.    Find out more: Twitter Facebook Google+  With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield [more]

Empire State  
Posted 5/10/13

 GreggChadwick Empire State72"x36" oil on linen 2013 On View at artMRKT San FranciscoMay 16-19, 2013Sandra Lee Gallery, San FranciscoBooth #221 [more]

Memory Making: The First Emperor's Legacy at the Asian Art Museum  
Posted 5/3/13

by Gregg Chadwick China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco  photo by Gregg Chadwick    "I, Sovereign, am the First Emperor; my descendants will call themselves the Second Generation, the Third Generation, and will go on forever after."  - The First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE)     quoted by the historian Sima Qian (145-90 BCE) China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy currently on view at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco until May... [more]

Slow Looking With Peter Clothier  
Posted 1/28/13

by Gregg Chadwick Peter Clothier Leads A One Hour/One Painting Session With Gregg Chadwick's "A Balance of Shadows"photo by Joanne Warfield Peter Clothier's important new book Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art guides the reader seamlessly through the history, process, and ideas behind his One Hour/One Painting sessions.  Clothier's development of One Hour/One Painting  began with the realization that along with most museum or gallery visitors, he increasingly spent more t... [more]

David Bowie's New Berlin Elegy: Where Are We Now?  
Posted 1/9/13

Early this morning David Bowie celebrated his 66th Birthday with the release of his first single in a decade. This single Where Are We Now?, taken from Bowie's forthcoming album The Next Day, is accompanied by an artful video directed by the contemporary artist Tony Oursler. Set in a black and white Berlin of memory and dream, Oursler's video combines with Bowie's voice and lyrics to question the themes of human bondage, release, freedom,  doubt, ageing, and death.   The video opens with a shot of... [more]

Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Christmas 101 at Royce Hall: A Holiday Tribute  
Posted 12/22/12

by Gregg Chadwick If this was the way the world ended on 12 21 12, those of us gathered at UCLA's Royce Hall for the second night of Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Christmas 101 were being ushered into eternity with heavenly voices.  Rufus and Martha Wainwright, the son and daughter of  Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle - who passed away in 2010 from a rare sarcoma cancer, both possess extraordinary voices and mesmerizing stage presence. Their combined talents bolstered by musical kin... [more]

The Luminist for Ana Grace  
Posted 12/15/12

The Luminist GreggChadwick      My condolences and thoughts to jazz player Jimmy Greene and his wife Nelba as they bear the senseless loss of their beautiful little girl Ana Grace who was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Connecticut.   Jimmy Greene, the American saxophonist who recently taught at the University of Manitoba, has written a brief message following the death of his daughter.  Greene wrote: "Thank you for all of your prayers and kind words of support. As we work through thi... [more]

Our Nation Cries for the Children of Newtown, Connecticut  
Posted 12/14/12

 GreggChadwick   As I write this, an impromptu vigil is forming in front of the White House in Washington DC to mourn the victims of another senseless mass shooting and to call for much needed gun regulation. Today, a quiet school in Newtown, Connecticut was violated by a gun wielding murderer packing semi-automatic weapons with a back up assault rifle in his car. The shooting was horrific and preventable. This is a national tragedy that needs a national response. Our glo... [more]

Study for The City Dreams  
Posted 12/4/12

Gregg Chadwick Study for The City Dreams 12"x12" oil on linen 2012 Will be exhibited at the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, California during the upcoming Holiday Group Show which runs from December 4th through the 29th. Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 from 4pm to 6pm at the Sandra Lee Gallery  251 Post Street, Suite 310 San Francisco, CA 94108  415.291.8000 Labels: california, chadwick, Dec 4 -29 2012, gregg chadwick, Holiday Group Show, o... [more]

Anish Kapoor's Gangnam for Freedom  
Posted 11/21/12

                 Gangnam for Freedom - Anish Kapoor and Friends  The British sculptor Anish Kapoor and a group of his human rights oriented friends have released a new video in partnership with Amnesty International and PEN International to bring attention to the ongoing persecution of artists and writers across the globe from China to Russia who have been harassed and imprisoned because of their work. Taking up where Ai Wei Wei's recent Gangnam Style video left off, Kapoor's own Gangnam St... [more]

Time Lapse Video of Hurricane Sandy Hitting New York City  
Posted 10/30/12

  Incredible time lapse video made by Richard Shepherd from stills grabbed from the New York Times webcam during Hurricane Sandy. I had the New York Times webcam on all day yesterday as well. My thoughts go out to the brave responders and all those dealing with this frightening, unprecedented storm. Climate change is real my friends. Props to President Obama, FEMA, the Coast Guard, the National Guard, and all the courageous nurses, firefighters, police officers, EMT's and union workers of all s... [more]

8th Anniversary Celebration at the Santa Monica Art Studios  
Posted 10/12/12

Gregg Chadwick Occupy 40"x30" oil on linen 2012 I am pleased to invite you to the 8th Anniversary Celebration of the Santa Monica Art Studios at the Santa Monica Airport. Come by this weekend - Saturday, October 13th from 6-9PM and Sunday, October 14th from 1-5 PM for a sneak peek at my new work in Studio #15 and the other amazing artists in our 22,000 square foot art laboratory. Gregg Chadwick Studio #15 3026 Airport Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405 [more]

PBS Blasts Romney's Snide Threat To Defund Public Broadcasting, Eliminate Big Bird and Fire Jim Lehrer  
Posted 10/4/12

  Last night's Presidential Debate revealed a new Romney style to the public: a smirking, manipulative and untruthful Mitt whose only strategy seemed to be lying baldfacedly about his policy ideas. Already, Romney has had to admit that he pushed misinformation in the debate to Mike Grunwald, the author of the brilliant new book - The New New Deal.     I agree with Paul Krugman and Tyler Green: Most of the commentary about last night's debate seems to be "theater criticism." MSNBC even pulled James Lipton on-screen, host of Inside The Actors Studio, to critique the debate as if it were simply a theatrical romp. Romney, admittedly. delivered his lines forcefully and often condescendingly, but his words were full of evasion, hesitation, mis-truth, and outright lies. Romney came across as an infomercial huckster.    In contrast President Obama was calm, empathetic, often bemused, professorial, a bit wonky at times,  and presidential.       The take away from the debate seems to be Romney's snide threat to defund PBS, eliminate Big Bird, and fire Jim Lehrer. Responding to Mitt's comments and public shock at the casual way Romney proposed to off a beloved children's icon, PBS released a statement this morning. (Full Text Below)  Romney's comment is so revealing because it is one of the few times that Mitt has actually presented a target of his proposed budget cuts. Romney is extremely vague on policy details and usually fails to describe clearly the vast and unpopular cuts that his style of governing would necessitate. The PBS statement released today reveals that "The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating."  There is no real fiscal argument to make for the elimination of PBS from the federal budget. Instead, it is the first volley in a proposed culture war that Romney's moneyed and bigoted right-wing backers want to wage against our increasingly open-minded and inclusive society. Most reactionary movements begin with huge doses of anti-intellectualism and a purge of educators, authors and artists. By threatening to kill off Big Bird, Romney unwittingly drew a line in the sand that he deftly attempted to sidestep during last night's debate. Romney and his anti 47% cronies are coming after all of us and they want to start with our children. I'll let Samuel L. Jackson have the last word today:  PBS Statement Regarding October 3 Presidential Debate ARLINGTON, VA – October 4, 2012 – We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves. The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating. A national survey by the bipartisan research firms of Hart Research and American Viewpoint in 2011 found that over two-thirds of American voters (69%) oppose proposals to eliminate government funding of public broadcasting, with Americans across the political spectrum against such a cut. As a stated supporter of education, Governor Romney should be a champion of public broadcasting, yet he is willing to wipe out services that reach the vast majority of Americans, including underserved audiences, such as children who cannot attend preschool and citizens living in rural areas. For more than 40 years, Big Bird has embodied the public broadcasting mission – harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse. Over the course of a year, 91% of all U.S. television households tune in to their local PBS station. In fact, our service is watched by 81% of all children between the ages of 2-8. Each day, the American public receives an enduring and daily return on investment that is heard, seen, read and experienced in public media broadcasts, apps, podcasts and online – all for the cost of about $1.35 per person per year. Earlier in 2012, a Harris Interactive poll confirmed that Americans consider PBS the most trusted public institution and the second most valuable use of public funds, behind only national defense, for the 9th consecutive year. A key thing to remember is that public television and radio stations are locally owned and community focused and they are experts in working efficiently to make limited resources produce results. In fact, for every $1.00 of federal funding invested, they raise an additional $6.00 on their own – a highly effective public-private partnership. Numerous studies -- including one requested by Congress earlier this year -- have stated categorically that while the federal investment in public broadcasting is relatively modest, the absence of this critical seed money would cripple the system and bring its services to an end. Learn more at: and at About PBS PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 123 million people through television and more than 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter. CONTACT: Anne Bentley,, 703-739-5021 Jan McNamara,, 703-739-5028 ... [more]

Tomorrow and Thursday In Nor Cal - The Painted Word (book tour)  
Posted 9/11/12

I am honored to announce the publication of my latest collaboration with the author Phil Cousineau: The Painted Word.  Sixty-three of my artworks are included in this new volume.      Book Tour Dates - All Are Welcome & All Events are Free. I will bring a group of the artworks included in the book to each event listed below:   In Northern California:   Tomorrow: Phil Cousineau and Gregg Chadwick on The Painted Word at Book Passage  51 Tamal Vista Blvd | Corte... [more]

Opening Thursday, August 9, 2012 at the LACDA: Electron Salon  
Posted 8/7/12

Gregg Chadwick Studio View of Fire Sermon, With Annick 44"x36" digital photograph on paper On Exhibit at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art   August 9 -September 1, 2012 "Within the scale of the life of the cosmos, a human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a visitor to this planet, a guest, who has only a finite time to stay. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time lonely, unhappy, and in confli... [more]

Vale Robert Hughes: Influential Author, Artlover and Art Critic Dies at 74  
Posted 8/7/12

 "I have always tended to take art contextually. If I have any merits as a critic, they have to do with my ability as a storyteller — and above all I wanted to tell a story." Robert Hughes in Salon, May 23, 1997 Robert Hughes in New York City - 1970's In a 1997 piece on "60 Minutes," correspondent Steve Kroft said to RobertHughes that he was the most powerful art critic in the world. Hughes deftly avoided the moniker and described his job as being akin to being the most important beekeeper in... [more]

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