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PATRICIA CHIDLAW

Contemporary Urban Realist

Patricia Chidlaw has been one of Southern California's most dedicated and successful urban realists for decades.




Table Of Contents

I. Biography

Patricia Chidlaw was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Germany six months later when her father was deployed for a three year tour of duty. Thus began many years of travel and nomadic family life as her father’s career as an officer took them on a tour of the world. Much of Chidlaw’s childhood was spent looking out the windows of a Chevrolet as the family drove through Europe and the United States.

Patricia’s earliest exposure to art was in Europe at the age of thirteen when her father was stationed in France. Patricia and her mother would visit cathedrals and museums as well as flea markets and shops, educating her eye for art and her sensibility to things that are time-warm and reflect a sense of the past. In 1969 Patricia landed in Santa Barbara, California to attend the University where she received a degree in painting and has been there ever since.

II. An Analysis of the Artist's Work

Snapshots of the edges of urban life show up frequently in her paintings. Some are timeless and some are places whose heyday has passed. More about place than people, American iconography and road-side signs create the narrative. Her paintings often reflect the by gone era of the American automobile.

Patricia is well known for capturing the light as it shifts from dusk to night, when lights are just coming on in the cities. Neon lights reflected in a puddle from a recent rain and a diner sign buzzing to life. Patricia’s proximity to Los Angeles shows up in paintings that are right out of a Raymond Chandler novel and relate to the genre of film noir.

Patricia’s painting style is reminiscent of Edward Hopper. Her compositions are graphic and the mood is often lonely and quiet. She cites Hopper as an influence and has an annual Hopper calendar hanging in her studio, keeping track of the present time while she paints of things remembered.

III. Education

  • Under Construction
  • IV. Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2014 "Patricia Chidlaw: UNCOMMON," George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009 "On the Road," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2008 "Everything Must Go," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2007 "Everything Becomes Electric," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2006 "Time and Again," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2006 "New Spin," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2005 "On Blue Highways," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2004 Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2003 "Once/Again," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2003 Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2002 Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2001 Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2001 Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2000 Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2000 "Paintings by Patricia," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1998 "Vanishing Points," Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1998 "Roadshow," Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1997 "Vanishing Points on the American Highway," Tatistcheff/Rogers, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1997 "Long Distance," Bakersfield College Art Gallery, Bakersfield, CA
  • 1996 Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1994 "The Urban Landscape," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1994 "Recent Paintings," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1993 "Standard Time," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1993 "Daylight Savings," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1992 "Vanishing Points," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1992 "Painting the Town," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1991 "A Certain Light," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1991 "City Lights," The Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1987 Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1984 "Santa Barbara Portrait," Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015 "Agoraphobia," Portraits of American Interiors, Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2013 "The Cityscape Show III," George Billis Gallery, LA
  • 2012 "he Cityscape Show II," Images of L.A. Land and City, George Billis Gallery, LA
  • 2011 "Cityscapes, Featuring Patricia Chidlaw and Gus Heinze, Hespe Gallery," San Francisco
  • 2011 "The Cityscape Show," George Billis Gallery, LA
  • 2011 "Five at Eleven," Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2011 "The Cityscape Show," George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 "San Diego Art Fair," Koplin del Rio Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • 2011 "Cityscapes," Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011 "Small Works," Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010 "Urban Light," Marcia Burtt Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2007 "Stilllife Show," Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2007 "The Urban Myth," Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2007 "Oak Group Show," Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria, CA
  • 2007 "Westmont Still Show," Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2006 "Urban California," California Art Club, Pasadena, CA
  • 2005 "Trains and Trees," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2004 "Windows: 4 Views," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2004 "The Political Landscape," Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2003 "Santa Barbara After Dark," Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2002 "Painting the Santa Clara Valley," Ventura County Museum of Art, Ventura, CA
  • 2001 "Chinatown," California Art Club at Hong Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2000 "In the Eye of the Beholder," Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1999 "California Style - Contemporary Urban Scene," California Heritage Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997 "Two-Person Exhibition," Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1996 "After Midnight," Tatistcheff/Rogers, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1996 "Summer in Paradise," Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1988 "Four Californians Working for Life," Arpel Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1984 "Landscapes," The Art Corner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1981 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1981 "Inner Light, Cabrillo Arts Center, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1980 "7 from Santa Barbara," Cabrillo Arts Center, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1979 "Arts Festival Invitational Exhibition," Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
  • V. Collections

  • Under Construction
  • VI. Awards

  • Under Construction
  • VII. Works for Sale by this Artist


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