Patricia Chidlaw Biography

Chinese Restaurant, 2017

28 x 28 inches  |  oil on canvas

(Private Collection)

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.

Videos

2:24 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for PATRICIA CHIDLAW: The Moving Picture Show, 2018

2:59 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for PATRICIA CHIDLAW: Departures, 2016

More Information

AN ANALYSIS OF THE ARTIST'S WORK

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.

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.

EDUCATION

Under Construction

AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS

Emeritus Member of the Oak Group

COLLECTIONS

Hilbert Museum of California Art

 

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  The 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

Back To Top