"Although this body of work has a vast array of subject matter, the paintings have one thing in common. Each work brings history to life. I hope viewers will take a minute to reflect on items that have been replaced and forgotten. These objects were essential in realizing the technology we use today."
Wendy Chidester, "Globes & Cases," 2021, oil on canvas, 60 x 36 inches - SOLD
"Globes & Cases" reminds us that, although we’ve been cooped up these last few years, there is hope to be able to travel and explore the world again very soon. I see this painting as a positive and uplifting piece providing us with a dream about the near future.”
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Wendy Chidester, "Remington Typewriter,"
2021, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, $4,600
Wendy Chidester, "Underwood Standard,"
2022, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, $9,000
“I’ve always found typewriters very interesting paint because of the beauty of the machine itself and the history behind it. I particularly like Remington Typewriter because of its open spaces. I was drawn into the mechanical workings of this machine. The negative spaces make this one of the more interesting paintings in the show.”
Wendy Chidester, "Red Trike," 2018, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, $7,200
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"My work depicts a history of objects and machines that have been lost due to the advancement of technology and time. My still life paintings of obsolete machines, worn and outdated luggage, used books, and tried and true toys are filled with a reverence for the human ingenuity they represent...and for the inherent beauty of the objects themselves.
I paint my subjects as iconic relics. I’m constantly searching for items that excite me to the point of wanting to bring them back to life. I depict the wear of age by scratching into the surface, flicking paint, and applying multiple glazes, thus making the object appear to have endured on canvas what it has endured in real life. When viewed up close my work reads as expressionist-abstraction. But from a distance the painting is almost photorealistic. "
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