Exhibitions & Special Events

Kevin Chadwick ~ The Fabric of Life

Friday, June 7th 2019 - Thursday, July 4th 2019

Please join us at the Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery at 58 Broad Street in historic downtown Charleston on Friday, June 7th from 5 until 8 pm for the opening reception of "The Fabric of Life" featuring artist Kevin Chadwick. The artist is going to be in attendance and would love to meet and discuss the stories of his artwork. He has been working day and night to put this exceptional show together. Kevin manages to capture not only the essence but the very heart and soul of his subjects. Each painting is a story woven together by a tapestry of color, harmony and composition that leaves the viewer seeking intimacy with the art. The audience is often left feeling a spiritual connection to the painting as the humanity of one and all 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. 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, Kevin found his career immediately took off and has taken many artistic turns through the years. Landing his first job as an illustrator while still in school, Kevin worked for a national glassware company illustrating for corporations such as McDonalds, Burger King, Hallmark Cards and Twentieth Century Fox. Upon moving to Washington, DC 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, Kevin 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. Kevin received numerous awards from Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of New York and of Washington, DC. Able to illustrate in various mediums, Kevin more and more enjoyed the richness of oil paints. First using them as washes combined with pencil in illustrations and later strictly traditional oils on canvas or panel.
 
Kevin now works out of the historic city of Lynchburg, VA painting full time. His portraits and figurative works can now be found in the collections of the Caring Institute, Washington. DC, 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 specialzes in African American figures.

Jeff Jamison

Friday, October 4th 2019 - Thursday, October 31st 2019

"Everyday Romance" is an exhibition of new works by Jeff Jamison. The reception opening will be help Friday, October 4th from 5 until 8pm. Please join us for refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the artist.

Jamison imbues a combination of nostalgia and timelessness into his paintings through use of a contemporary style. This might seem paradoxical, and perhaps it is, but it is what makes his works so enigmatic. They are beautiful and mysterious, light and carefree and above all, they invite you to participate with your imagination. The cities Jamison features might appear to be New York or Paris, but look close! Many paintings are in fact the cities of his dreams— mashups of places he has been and places he wishes to go. Because of the ambiguity of people and places, Jamison's works offer something to everyone.
 
Born in 1958 in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jamison became interested in art at an early age. He began taking classes as a means of learning how to capture the light and shadows that held his constant attention. His serious art studies began at Middle Tennessee State University in 1977. In 1982, Jamison enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After two years, he graduated and was offered the position of Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper. During this time, he also worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the Manuel Noriega trials in Miami. His award-winning illustrations began to fill national publications, including magazines and novel covers.
 
Eventually deciding to convert to painting, Jamison utilizes his skill for drawing and scale combined with learned Old Master techniques and his own contemporary impressionistic creativity. He calls his process “controlled chaos.” His awards and honors include: Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils – Award of Excellence (2009); Paint America Association’s Paint the Parks Top 100 (2007); Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Mini Show Finalist (2007); Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters - Third Place, Honorable Mention, and Jury Top 50 (2004, judged by Pino); National Park Services “Arts for the Parks” Competition - Mini Top 100 (2004); National “Paint Christopher Columbus” contest – Winner (1994).

Lindsay Goodwin ~

Friday, November 1st 2019 - Thursday, December 5th 2019

A passionate devotee of capturing spontaneous romanticism, Lindsay Goodwin is a treasured discovery among the next generation of fine artists. Lindsay creates gradations of tonal balance on her canvases; equilibriums evident when the viewer recognizes the artful juxtapositions of warms and cools.  Her fascination for capturing the historical moment of interiors from Paris to Boston reflects our own human desire for romanticism in our lives and for bringing the elegance of historical splendor into our homes.

Born and raised in Topanga, California, Lindsay had her initial fine art training at O'Neill's Fine Arts in Malibu.  Following instruction under Katie O’Neill, Lindsay enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  On her road to a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lindsay gained invaluable artistic knowledge as a student of Craig Nelson.  Lindsay has incorporated Nelson’s utilization of rapid oil studies into her own methodology.  She believes that by setting a time limit to her canvas, she sharpens nearly every aspect of her work, including perspective, tonality, and most importantly, atmosphere. During her final semester at the Academy of Art University, Lindsay was chosen as one of the top emerging artists among her graduating class.