BIOGRAPHY

CHESTER ARNOLD

THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

"My paintings are part of a visual dialogue running the length and breadth of human history. The search for excellence in this Art and Craft has led me to‚Äč explore the natural world and the human events that inhabit it, constructing narratives that celebrate and question our presence in the world. Although representational, I seek a way of painting that is richly traditional, yet radically and surprisingly new. I attempt to articulate more than the surfaces and dimensions of reality, summoning the wordless meanings and sensations that only visual art can."

 

EDUCATION:

1987

MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1970-74

College of Marin, Kentfield, CA

1966-1969

 Private Teachers, Munich, Germany

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 

2015

Catharine Clark Gallery, "Mad Abundance," San Francisco, CA

2014

Koplin Del Rio Gallery, "Think Paint," Culver City, CA

  Ascent Capital, "Sense of Place," San Francisco, CA

2013

American University Museum, Accumulation and Dispersal,” Katzen Art Center, Washington, D.C.

2012

Catharine Clark Gallery, “Pilgrims Progress,” San Francisco, CA

 

Sonoma County Museum of Art, “Trees,” Santa Rosa, CA

2010

Nevada Museum of Art, “On Earth as it is in Heaven,” Reno, NV

 

Catharine Clark Gallery, “Natural Histories,” San Francisco, CA

2009

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, “Transitions,” Portland, Oregon

2008

Catharine Clark Gallery, “The Road To Paradise,” San Francisco, CA

 

Art of Democracy (War and Empire), Meridian Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, “A Painter’s Life,” Novato, CA

2006

Catharine Clark Gallery, “Backwaters,” San Francisco, CA

2005

Linda Hodges Gallery, “An Artist’s Life,” Seattle, WA

2004

Catharine Clark Gallery, “Reconstruction,” San Francisco, CA

2003

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, “Destinies Manifest,” Sonoma, CA

2002

Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

San Jose Museum of Art, “In Memorium,” San Jose, CA

 

Rockford College Art Center, Rockford, IL

 

Western Washington State University, Bellingham, WA

2001

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2000

Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1999

George Adams Gallery New York, NY

1998

Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1997

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

 

George Adams Gallery, New York, NY

1996

Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1995

De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

1994

Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1993

San Jose State University Gallery, San Jose, CA

1992

Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1990

Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1989

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1988

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1986

William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985

Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:

2013

Canton Museum of Art, “Environmental Impact,” Canton, OH

2012

Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2012

George Krevsky Gallery, “Artistic Visions of the Golden Gate,” San Francisco, CA

2011

Gerald Peters Gallery, “Land Use Misuse,” Santa Fe, NM

2010

San Jose Museum of Art, “Real and Hyperreal,” San Jose, CA

 

Petaluma Art Center, “A World Defined,” Petaluma, CA

2009

Center for Contemporary Art, “The Conundrum of Abundance,” Sacramento, CA

2008

Meridian Art Gallery, “Art of Democracy (War & Empire),” San Francisco, CA

 

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, “Eureka Awardees,” San Jose, CA

2007

Center for the Book, “Steamroller Event,” San Francisco, CA

2006

Palo Alto Art Center, “The Transitional Object,” Palo Alto, CA

 

San Jose Museum of Art, “Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement,” San Jose, CA

 

Katzen Art Center, Washington, D.C.

2005

San Francisco State University, “ECO-Art and the Environment,” San Francisco, CA

 

Syracuse University, “Faces of the Fallen,” Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

 

Paine Art Center, “Tools As Art, “Oshkosh, WI

 

Gallery C, “California New, Old Masters,” Hermosa Beach, CA

 

Springfield Museum, “Tools As Art,” Springfield, MA

2004-05

College of Marin, “Faces of the Fallen,” Kentfield, CA

2004

National Building Museum, “Tools As Art,” Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

 

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Tools As Art,” Wausau, WI

 

Pasadena Museum of Art, “A No So Sill Life: 100 Years of California Still Life Painting,” Pasadena, CA

 

Juliet Museum of Art, “Tools As Art,” Charleston, WV

2003-04

San Jose Museum of Art, “A Not So Still Life: 100 Years of California Still Life Painting,” San Jose, CA

2003

De Cordova Museum, “Tools As Art,” Lincoln, MA

 

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA “Collection Highlights”

 

Catharine Clark Gallery, “Sprout: An Exhibition Celebrating New Growth,” San Francisco, CA

 

Palo Alto Cultural Center, “Cabinets of Wonder / Redux,” Palo Alto, CA

 

Off The Preserve, “Nature Remains,” Napa, CA

2002

Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State College of Arts & Architecture, “Tools As Art,” Pittsburgh, PA

2001

Associacao Alumni, “Underfoot,” Sao Paulo, Brazil

2000

Palo Alto Cultural Center, “The Great Novel,” Palo Alto, CA

 

Bruce Museum, “The Art of Time,” Greenwich, CT

 

Susan Cummins Gallery, “Resting on the Spirit,” Mill Valley, CA

1999

International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Tamarind Gallery, University of New Mexico, “Route 66,” Alburquerque,NM

 

San Jose Museum of Art, “The Industrial Landscape,” San Jose, CA

 

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

 

San Jose Museum of Art, “Into the 21st Century,” San Jose, CA

 

Hempel Fine Arts, “Our Good Earth,” Washington, D.C.

 

Sonoma State University, “Art from the Open Space,” Rohnert Park, CA