Friday, June 5th 2020 - Wednesday, July 1st 2020
Each of Kevin Chadwick's paintings are a tapestry of color, harmony and composition. They leave the viewer seeking intimacy with the art, just as we all seek closeness with those in our family and our circle. The audience is often left feeling a spiritual connection to the paintings as our humanity has been captured on his canvases.
"My work seems to be ever-evolving, but I am still drawn to and fascinated by strong African American figures. Where my recent works have taken me, is as the role of a story teller. Whether a lone figure in my patterned background or a family scene, I now try to include a bit of history or a touch of something else hidden in the painting to hopefully make the viewer take a moment to discover what is happening in the work that may not be noticed at first glance,” said Chadwick. “From perhaps at first unseen snakes to West African symbols, images are scattered throughout my paintings to better help tell the story of those captured in my paintings."
After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1976, Chadwick’s career took off and has taken many artistic turns through the years. Landing his first job as an illustrator while still in school, Chadwick worked for a national glassware company illustrating for corporations such as McDonalds, Burger King, Hallmark Cards and Twentieth Century Fox. Upon moving to Washington, D.C., in 1978, Kevin first freelanced as a magazine illustrator until 1984 when he decided to form his own firm, Chadwick Design Incorporated. First specializing in theatrical graphics, Chadwick also illustrated for national ad agencies along with National Geographic, The Washington Post, PBS, Kennedy Center, New York Times Book Review, Special Olympics and The Shakespeare Library, just to name but a few. Chadwick received numerous awards from Communication Arts Magazine, and the Art Directors Club of New York and of Washington, D.C. Able to illustrate in various mediums, Chadwick increasingly enjoyed the richness of oil paints. First using them as washes combined with pencil in illustrations, he later began using strictly traditional oils on canvas or panel.
Chadwick now works out of the historic city of Lynchburg, Va., painting full time. His figurative works can be found in the collections of the Caring Institute, Washington, D.C.; World Mercy Fund, Bad Homburg, Germany; The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, England; Doyle Hotel Collection, Dublin, Ireland; and in private collections both here in the States and in Europe. Chadwick now specializes in African American figures.