10 Ekim 2012 Çarşamba

Chelsea B James


Chelsea James
Painting is a study of our existence, spirit, and environment, derived from experiences in
life. I choose objects that evoke childhood memories, create situations of atmospheric
mystery, and bring visual interest through interaction. I'm intrigued by subtle shifts in
value and color; yet seek a personal interpretation of the objects rather than a replication.
Personality is revealed through the process of painting. Abstract remnants from my
process remain visible in the final product. The hand must obey the spirit.
Education:
University of Utah, BFA in Painting and Drawing; 2000-2006
Helper Workshops, Helper Utah
Shows and Exhibitions:
2010 de Saisset Museum (group show), Santa Clara, CA
2010 Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Finch Lane Gallery (two person show), Salt Lake City, UT
Coda Gallery (two person show), Salt Lake City, UT
2008 Wing Selected Alumni Show, Salt Lake City, UT
2006  Williams Fine Art (two person show), Salt Lake City, UT
Spring Show, Magpies Gallery (two person show), Salt Lake City, UT
Final Show, Poor Yorrik, Salt Lake City, UT
2004  Upcoming Artists, Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2003 Student Show, Gittens Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT (also in 2002)
Anniversary Show, Magpies Nest, Salt Lake City, UT (also in 2002)
2002 Intercollegiate Show, Gittens Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
Print Gumbo, Gittens Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
Honors and Awards:
2010 First Thursday Openings to Catch 7x7 Magazine, June
2010 Selected in Studio Visit Magazine, May
2010 Spotlighted in The Artist Magazine “Sketchbooks”, February
2006  Featured in Salt Lake City Magazine “Upcoming Artists”, September
Howard Clark Scholarship
2005  Featured in Southwest Magazine “Artists to Watch”, February
2004  Selected in Art Talk Magazine “Artist Worth Watching”
2003 Helper Studio Group, Artist in Residence
2003 Helper Landscape Competition Award of Merit
2003  Special Merit Award in Helper Landscape Competition, July
2002-03 Christiansen Scholarship
2000 Nomination for Anne Beisse Outstanding Art Student of the Year Award
Statement
Chelsea James
Souvenirs of Solitude
June 3 – June 26, 2010
Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce Souvenirs of Solitude, an exhibition of
new paintings by Chelsea James.  Having only recently earned her BFA, the
impressionistic quality of James’ landscapes and interiors nevertheless reveals the
measured stroke of a mature and confident artist.  She skillfully endows her traditional
subject matter—an atypical choice for such a young age—with a sensitivity and lyricism
verging on the precocious.  And though James’ paintings derive from her experiences
within the world, they are also intimately mediated through the artist’s own temperament
and interpretative sensibilities.
[My paintings are] a reflection of who I am and what I've experienced. I choose objects
that evoke childhood memories, create situations of atmospheric mystery, and bring
visual interest through interaction. I'm intrigued by subtle shifts in value and color; yet
seek a personal interpretation of the objects rather than a replication.  – Chelsea James
Inspired by van Gogh’s drawings during a trip to Amsterdam, James’ abstracted
renderings of San Francisco, Utah and Africa, amongst other settings, evoke the palpable
atmosphere and formal unity of the Dutchman’s landscapes.  This same awareness of
atmosphere’s affective power is evident in James’ most recent series of interiors
depicting lone industrial sinks and vast institutional hallways.  Though bereft of actual
human presence, half-empty bottles of soap, a folding chair, and pristinely polished floors
give James’ scenes the imprint of recent occupancy.  Desolation is overcome by a sense
of quiet solitude and calm, a mood reinforced by James’ muted color palette and softly
shifting tonalities.
Chelsea James earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah in
2006.  During her undergraduate career, she was the recipient of numerous scholarships
and awards and has since shown work at a several galleries and museums throughout
Utah and California.  Southwest Magazine, Salt Lake City Magazine and, most recently,
Design Sponge, have praised her as a talented artist on the rise, one whose technical
prowess and earnest imagination render her worthy of close attention.  This will be
James’ first solo show at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
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