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WEIR FARM: VISITING ARTISTS 2001

Richard Chandler

Being a plein air painter, I focus mainly on landscapes. Man's effect on and interaction with his environment fascinate me.

Preferring to paint landscapes where the hand of man is apparent, the structures included in the paintings take on new meaning. The roads, fences and buildings that punctuate the compositions are obvious symbols of man, yet also represent his link to the world. This idea serves as the impetus for many of my paintings.

My experience as a Weir Farm artist has been wonderful. I feel I have an affinity for the place and its natural beauty. My February residency was snowy: white, gray and cerulean. The red cedar and the blue spruce were the brightest colors in the undulating landscape. Violet stone walls and the shadows of bare trees created patterns and movement in fields cut the previous fall. There was the black ice on the pond, and the skies responded with the promise of spring with green fringed clouds.

An intimate dialogue exists between man and nature. Architecture is the language of this dialogue. With a background in architectural history and design, I feel well versed in this vernacular. My paintings that have resulted from my Weir Farm experience celebrate this timeless relationship between people and the natural world.

SPRING SKY, 2000, oil on canvas, 42 x 58 inches

SPRING SKY, 2000
oil on canvas, 42 x 58 inches

Richard Lang Chandler was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous venues including the David Findlay Galleries, New York, NY; Schoolhouse Gallery, Croton Falls, NY; 2/20 Gallery, New York, NY; and the City University of New York, QCC Art Gallery. He is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Architecture and his work is in the collections of The Art Students' League, New York, NY; The Biltmore Estate Museum, Asheville, NC; and the Queensborough Community College Art Museum. Mr. Chandler resides in Cross River, NY, with his wife and two young daughters.