When asked what kind of paintings I make, I usually call my work "Urban Landscapes" to distinguish them as paintings about areas of human habitation rather than landscapes that reference the natural world. But my subjects are certainly not all urban – some are suburban, some small towns and some are ruins, such as a faded sign and abandoned business bleaching in the desert sun as once populated areas return to their former empty silence. While I often treat older architectural forms, I want to make it clear these are not paintings about nostalgia – all are contemporary scenes, recently observed.
I've painted a number of pictures which seem neither urban nor rural but are set in that particular non-space that now covers so much of the landscape – the limbo of freeway exits and on-ramps and their attendant fast-food franchises. [read more...]
Nevada Museum of Art Exhibition
Realm of the Commonplace
Paintings by Patricia Chidlaw
January 18 – June 8, 2014
Feature Gallery North
Opening Reception: March 29
"Accomplished painter Patricia Chidlaw finds her inspiration in neon-era motels, junkyards, Laundromats, train stations, parking lots, movie palace marquees, empty coffee shops, and void spaces, where content sneaks in via side doors and implies dormant life forces..."
Patricia Chidlaw wins "Best of Show" at Encore: Angel, a juried competition. The exhibition ran from Nov. 8 – Dec. 7, 2013 at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club. Juried by R. Anthony Askew, Professor Emeritus, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.