Speed of Life

Studio Notes From the Contemporary Artist Gregg Chadwick
Salish Sea on Flickr.Gregg Chadwick
30”x24” oil on linen 2014

Salish Sea on Flickr.

Gregg Chadwick
30”x24” oil on linen 2014

The Hush of Stars:

Pianist Giuseppina Torre at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica

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 the opening of an  Italian cultural event entitled All Roads Lead to LA, presented in conjunction with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles.

The celebration continues tonight with  poetry, music, fashion and the visual arts.

The evening will begin with a poetry reading at 5 pm to be followed by an hour-long performance by Giuseppina Torre. A presentation of contemporary Italian fashion will round out the evening.

Watch a performance of Torre’s The Hush of Stars below and join us tonight at the Santa Monica Art Studios ~ Sunday, April 6, 2014 ~ for a magical evening of music and light. My studio will again be open.

My painting “The Emperor’s Train” is painted on a refurbished and repurposed antique Japanese screen. Elements of the original decorative scheme peek out from the richly painted surface that evokes a timeless world where the modern and the historic intersect. “The Emperor’s Train” was inspired by the powerful music of Michael McDermott and his band The Westies and the memory of my Grandfather Arthur Desch who made his living as a train engineer on the Jersey Central Line. 

 The Emperor’s Train (Oil on Japanese Screen)

Please Note: “The Emperor’s Train” is painted on an antique screen that has a rich patina and shows gentle signs of wear on the black framing edges and the rear of the screen.

My painting “The Emperor’s Train” is painted on a refurbished and repurposed antique Japanese screen. Elements of the original decorative scheme peek out from the richly painted surface that evokes a timeless world where the modern and the historic intersect. “The Emperor’s Train” was inspired by the powerful music of Michael McDermott and his band The Westies and the memory of my Grandfather Arthur Desch who made his living as a train engineer on the Jersey Central Line.

The Emperor’s Train (Oil on Japanese Screen)

Please Note: “The Emperor’s Train” is painted on an antique screen that has a rich patina and shows gentle signs of wear on the black framing edges and the rear of the screen.

Hieronymus Bosch

—The Music Written on This Dude's Butt

chaoscontrolled123:

Luke and I were looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights and discovered, much to our amusement, music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.

so yes this is LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell

EDIT: I still can’t believe this took off like it did this is crazy??? Just wanted to let people know that there are indeed errors in the transcription and this is indeed not a very good recording (I threw this together in like 30 minutes at 1 in the morning,) but I’m working with the music department at my college to get the transcription more accurate!

in the meantime enjoy this fantastic choral arrangement by wellmanicuredman i’m in love

Re-reading Terry Tempest William’s amazing book “Leap” while gorging on Taschen’s marvelous, massive tome on Bosch. This musical notation from Bosch’s work is a perfect addition.

 I was struck by this poignant video posted today on the New York Times site and thought how perfectly the Okinawan duo Isamu Shimoji and Yukito Ara’s song captures a longing for a distant home. Sung to the tune of “Danny Boy” their song reinterprets and reframes  Frederic Weatherly’s classic and makes it both more personal and more global. Isamu Shimoji and Yukito Ara’s lyrics are below:


Beloved child of mine,


From beyond the skies is heard the voice of the flute calling to you.


Summer has passed, the flowers of the season have fallen.


You are preparing for the journey to distant lands.


Through the summer when the grasses and flowers bloom and peak,


Through the winter when the north winds bluster and blow, here on this island I’m always waiting for you.


Beloved child of mine, o beloved child of mine!


I’m watching and waiting for you to return, gentle and brave.


As the seasons turn and you finally come home to the island of your birth, 


Though you may no longer see my form, 


my love for you is true through eternity.


With your gentle voice, call to me!


Beloved child of mine, o beloved child of mine!


Beloved child of mine, o beloved child of mine!



Translation by Sharon Nakazato.

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Gregg Chadwick
The 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, March 15, 2014 from 12 - 5pm

"Trains and Stations" was inspired by the powerful music of Michael McDermott and his band The Westies and the memory of my Grandfather Arthur Desch who made his living as a train engineer on the Jersey Central Line.

Listen to Trains here: https://www.facebook.com/westiesmusic/posts/10151723507858995

More at: http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/content.aspx?id=15034 

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SANTA MONICA AIRPORT ARTWALK 2014

SANTA MONICA ART STUDIOS 

3026 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405 | 310-397-7449

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Gregg Chadwick
Night Reader 
14”x11” oil on linen 2014
 Is it me or does this resemble SarahBarthel from Phantogram ? 

 Night Reader

Gregg Chadwick
Night Reader
14”x11” oil on linen 2014
Is it me or does this resemble SarahBarthel from Phantogram ?

Night Reader

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Gregg Chadwick

Pennsylvania 4901

54”x54” oil on linen 2014

Recent Events: Winter 2014  

1. My paintings were featured in the Sandra Lee Gallery booth at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair-an international art fair held Feb 13-16, 2014 at the Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. 

2. From January 9, 2014 until February 28, 2014, at the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, California my paintings were included in a group exhibition 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. 

3. I was recently interviewed by the Los Angeles Business Journal for an article about the Saatchi Online Gallery. 

4 My painting “Mulholland Blue” was included in Saatchi Online’s “Best of 2013” feature: http://art.saatchionline.com/bestof2013/

5. On Friday, December 13th, 2013 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”. And at Book Passage in Corte Madera on December 18, 2013 at 7 pm we brought the house down with another inspired event. 

This marvelous book, edited by Phil Cousineau, includes an inspiring array of essays and poems: including pieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Walt Whitman, Pico Iyer, Rabandranath Tagore, Mary Oliver, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jorge Borges, William Blake, Mikkel Aaland, Kent Chadwick, Alexander Eliot, Jane Winslow Eliot, Li Po, Antler, Annie Dillard, Charles Bukowski, R B Morris, Willis Barnstone, Bruce Chatwin, James Norwood Pratt, Tess Harper, Stuart Balcomb, Richard Beban, Gregg Chadwick, and more.

More on “Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night’s Journey into Day” on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

6. Saatchi Online featured my painting Il Poeta di Milano at Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, at the Los Angeles Convention Center - June 21-23, 2013. The event was curated by the editors of Dwell magazine. 

7. My paintings were showcased in the Sandra Lee Gallery booth at artMRKT San Francisco - an international art fair held May 16-19, 2013 in the Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. 

8. I spoke at the “Categorically Not” event on Sunday May 19, 2013 at the Santa Monica Art Studios about my painting process and “what lies beneath” the layers of paint and the layers of ideas that go into each of my works. The event was held in the Arena One Gallery. You can see more on this event at the Categorically Not website. 

9. My painting Study for the City Dreams was in the Silent Art Auction at The 34th anniversary of the Venice Art Walk & Auctions which took place on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 at Google Los Angeles in the Frank Gehry designed Binoculars Building

10. Review by Jeffrey Carlson in Fine Art Connoisseur:

Stunning Vocals by Springsteen:

From Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s live concert in Perth, Australia. Read more on the show and see exclusive photos at http://brucespringsteen.net