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Bookseller's Night


Bookseller's Night Painting

Gregg Chadwick

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 48 W x 66 H x 2 D in

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About The Artwork

My oil on linen painting "Bookseller's Night" was inspired by a sojourn in Paris near Montmartre. That summer the light hung on late into the evening until the sky rolled into a blue hour. While walking the Parisian streets under those deep blue skies, I would often stop to glance at books spread out like magical treatises on art and life. We lived that summer in the shadow of Monet, Manet, and Caillebotte. Two of Manet's last studios were on our street and nearby on the Place de Dublin, Caillebotte set his magical painting "Paris Street; Rainy Day" ("Rue de Paris, temps de pluie"). Nearby was the Gare Saint-Lazare which inspired Monet to create Turneresque images of trains and steam. I carried those memories with me as I painted "Bookseller's Night" along with time traveling thoughts of San Francisco and New York. A few years ago, I stood outside in a clearing of a Monterey, California forest near the coast in the middle of the night with my brother and René Boitelle, a painting conservator at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Unlike the skies in Los Angeles, we were able to see the stars in the night sky and of course thought of Vincent Van Gogh’s painterly evocations of the glittering night. Van Gogh was able to capture the night in his paintings with his skillful use of midnight blue and starry yellow. Gazing at a Van Gogh painting of a star filled sky, it seems as if he knew that the lights he saw in the dark night sky had traveled from the deepest reaches of time. According to physicists, as we gaze at the stars, in essence we are looking back towards the beginning of time. Later that week, I stood with René and another conservator, Devi Ormond, before a Van Gogh painting of a weaver; the painting was laid out like a patient on a table in the Getty Museum’s conservation lab. The work seemed so fragile, yet at the same time sturdy and timeless hearkening back to an era of firelight, candlelight, and moonlight. Soon after Van Gogh painted his weavers, the advent of electricity would completely alter the character of the night. Perhaps in every painting of the night there is a hint of this loss, echoing the shadowed forms in the artwork. I am reminded of the nights many years ago when, before painting, I would put Miles Davis on the record player. I would drop the needle on the first track and listen to the hiss and crackle as ‘Round Midnight began to play– the music always muted, blurred as if it emerged from a smoke filled room. More at: Honored that "Bookseller's Night" has been chosen by Rebecca Wilson for the New This Week collection. Link at

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:48 W x 66 H x 2 D in

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GREGG CHADWICK creates his artwork in an old airplane hangar in Santa Monica, California. The recurring sound of airplane take-offs and landings from the active airport runway outside his studio reminds him of his own history of travel. 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. Chadwick 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. Chadwick has participated in over one hundred group exhibitions including the L Ross Gallery (Memphis, Tenn), the Andrea Schwartz Gallery (San Francisco), the LOOK Gallery (Los Angeles), the Arena 1 Gallery (Santa Monica), the di Rosa Preserve Gallery (Napa) and the Arts Club of Washington (Washington DC). Chadwick’s art is notably included in the collections of the Adobe Corporation, the Gilpin Museum, the Graciela Hotel – Burbank, the Harbor Court Hotel - San Francisco; the Kimpton Group’s headquarters in San Francisco, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Nordstrom Company Headquarters, the UCLA School of Nursing, the W Hotel Hollywood, and Winona State University.
 Chadwick is frequently invited to lecture on the arts. He has spoken at UCLA, Monterey Peninsula College, the Esalen Institute, TRAC 2015, the World Views forum in Amsterdam - The Netherlands, and at Categorically Not - a monthly forum that considers the arts and science. Twice a year he delivers a lecture on art and social justice at UCLA in an interdisciplinary form with the UCLA School of Nursing. 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.. 
 Chadwick’s blog, Speed of Life, explores the intersections between the arts and society and was honored by Carnegie Hall as one of the Top 16 Art Blogs in the country:  Speed of Life. 
 Chadwick’s flickr page which is often updated with new finished paintings and work in progress is at:

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