Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregg Chadwick.
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, 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.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The life of a visual artist is rarely a smooth road. I have faced hurdles along the way and have learned from other artists and educators how to hurdle these barriers. As a young artist, I was faced with the question of how to sell my work. Where is my audience found? The answer is connected to who is attracted to my work and also who is excited to purchase my paintings. As an art student, I began to find folks who appreciated my artwork and actually began to sell paintings while I was still a student. A gallerist in Virginia began to carry my artwork while I was still in High School taking classes at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. These early sales gave me the confidence to dig in and pursue my artistic dreams. Building upon these early successes has been a lifelong task. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at UCLA, I realized I needed to learn about the New York art scene so I enrolled at NYU and got a Master’s Degree in Fine Art.
Building upon the opportunities I built during my art student days, I created a series of exhibitions and took part in informal and curated art residencies in Japan, Australia, Europe, and the United States. From these opportunities, I moved to solo shows at community art centers and then on to representation at commercial art galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pacific Grove, Park City, and Maastricht (TheNetherlands) while also exhibiting my artwork in exhibitions in New York, Washington DC, Seattle, and Memphis. Many of my representing galleries closed their doors over the years, so I began to find online galleries to add to my artistic representation. This gift has been exciting and profitable. I currently show online with Artspace, Artsy, Saatchi Art, and Singulart. And pre-COVID, I have had six exhibitions at The Other Art Fair.
Please tell us more about your art.
My studio is in an old airplane hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. When I first walked into the space, I was awed by the enormous ceiling and the poetic light flowing from the skylights above. Each day when I unlock the door and step into my creative home, I am filled with ideas of space and opportunity. Inside the hangar, around thirty artists have their own private worlds. My space is filled with artworks in progress, a large table with jars full of clean brushes, and a palette covered with paint from years of use. Tubes of oil paints line the edges of the table in a rainbow of possibility. The back wall is lined with books in a large wooden bookshelf. Artbooks, novels, poetry, history, science, and politics crowd the shelves. When I am working, numerous volumes are spread open throughout the space offering ideas and inspiration.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Many call it chance, luck, or fate. I like to call it synchronicity. Carl Jung defined synchronicity as “as the simultaneous occurrence of two meaningfully but not causally connected events.” It is not the chance moment that defines an opportunity or success, but instead what we build upon it. In my life, I traveled often as a child because of my parents’ careers, so I got the travel bug at an early age. In my journeys over the years, I have met many people that provided me clues for my next artistic project.
- My artworks range in price from $150 to $12,0000
- Address: Gregg Chadwick
18th Street Art Center at the Santa Monica Airport
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
- Website: www.greggchadwick.com
- Phone: 4155331165
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All photos by Gregg Chadwick