Paintings (22-works)

Wendy  Chidester Yellow Trike
Yellow Trike
Oil on canvas
40 x 40 in
Wendy  Chidester
James Dean
Oil on canvas
27 x 48 in
Wendy  Chidester
Marilyn
Oil on canvas
27 x 54 in
Wendy  Chidester Focus II
Focus II
Oil on canvas
36 x 39 in
Wendy  Chidester Roadster Verde
Roadster Verde
Oil on canvas
27 x 48 in
Wendy  Chidester Pedal Power
Pedal Power
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in
Wendy  Chidester Composition on Green
Composition on Green
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in
Wendy  Chidester 17 Mile Drive
17 Mile Drive
Oil on canvas
27 x 48 in
Wendy  Chidester Acorn Gum Ball Machine
Acorn Gum Ball Machine
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
Wendy  Chidester Around the World
Around the World
Oil on canvas
60 x 28 in
Wendy  Chidester Ball Gum One Cent
Ball Gum One Cent
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
Wendy  Chidester Columbus
Columbus
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
Wendy  Chidester End of the Trail
End of the Trail
Oil on canvas
27 x 48 in
Wendy  Chidester Ford Gum Branded
Ford Gum Branded
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
Wendy  Chidester Greater Palm Springs
Greater Palm Springs
Oil on canvas
27 x 48 in
Wendy  Chidester Highway 1
Highway 1
Oil on canvas
27 x 48 in
Wendy  Chidester Oliver Red
Oliver Red
Oil on canvas
32 x 32 in
Wendy  Chidester Try Some One Cent
Try Some One Cent
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
Wendy  Chidester Brownie Flash
Brownie Flash
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
SOLD
Wendy  Chidester Busy B
Busy B
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
SOLD
Wendy  Chidester Composition on Blue
Composition on Blue
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in
SOLD

Wendy  Chidester

Wendy Chidester

Wendy Chidester Biography

American, b. 1964

A champion for the victims of obsolescence, Wendy Chidester devotes her artistry to drawing attention to commodities of yesterday. In particular, she pays tribute to such beautifully crafted objects as old tricycles and pedal cars, vintage cameras and projectors, manual typewriters, bubblegum machines from the 1940s, and candlestick telephones with rotary dials. “I am trying to bring things that have been forgotten about back to life,” she says. “I want to evoke memories from the viewer.”

A native of Salt Lake City and holder of a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Utah, Wendy was painting in the studios of her mentor and former professor David Dornan (also a CODA Gallery artist) in Helper, Utah, in the late 1990s when she reached a pivotal point in her career.

On a day when rain prevented her from her usual plein-air painting of landscapes, she wandered into a nearby antique store and found inspiration in a vintage camera. The shop loaned her that camera and subsequently other objects, including typewriters and movie projectors, to use as still-life subjects.

These days, Wendy visits antique shops on travels, buying items from many sources. She has amassed a collection of 20 typewriters, which are lined up below a bookshelf in her home studio. A glass-fronted cabinet in her home’s entryway holds more than 50 vintage cameras. “Some people will want a typewriter or camera when they buy my painting. If it is something I am willing to give up, I will sell it to them,” Wendy says. “Also, people commission me to paint certain things, like an old typewriter that belonged to their dad or grandfather.”

In the summer, Wendy paints at her studio on Helper’s Main Street. “I enjoy the artist community there,” she says. “We have lunch or dinner together and share ideas.”

In the winter, she paints in her home studio, where a large table accommodates multiple still-life setups so she can rotate between canvases while the oil paints she uses dry. With a complex painting of multiple items (such as the montage of film projectors and cameras purchased by DreamWorks Pictures for its corporate offices), she alternates from painting one side and then other, background or foreground.

From a distance, her paintings appear photographic. Closer examination reveals expressionist qualities. “I use a lot of flat brushes, so I start out really loose,” she says. “Then I scratch into the surface to build up a ‘history.’ I flick paint and apply glazes using the side of a flat brush. You can get too precise. I don’t want to get so detailed with a fine brush that I lose the energy of the brushstroke.”

Wendy veered from her M.O. of painting from life objects dating back 30 to 40 years (items that people remember using) and rendering them without shadows after receiving a call from a Texas collector of candlestick phones from the late 1800s to early 1900s. During a visit to his home, she took photographs from which she has painted a series, adding shadows the phones cast on a wall. “The shadows give them a human quality,” Wendy explains. “They almost look like figures.”

In day-to-day life, Wendy relies on new technology like most everyone else. “It’s not like I am trying to keep it out of my life,” she says. “It’s just that there’s something about nostalgia — memories of a simpler time. There was a beauty in things that doesn’t happen today.”

Wendy Chidester Resumé

 

Awards

2011 - International Artist Magazine Still Life Competition SECOND PLACE

2011 - 87th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art AWARD OF MERIT

2010 - Artist’s Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition SECOND PLACE

2010 - 86th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art AWARD OF MERIT

2009 - Southwest Art Magazine 21 over 31 FEATURED ARTIST WINNER

2009 - 85th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art FIRST PLACE

2008 - Utah Arts Council Statewide Annual Exhibition JUROR’S AWARD

2008 - 84th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art AWARD OF MERIT

2007 - Annual “Inspired by Carbon County” Helper Arts Festival Show FIRST PLACE

2004 - Utah Watercolor Society Miniature Show AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Deseret News 17th Annual Art Show BEST OF SHOW PURCHASE AWARD WINNER

2007 - Fall Membership Show AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

2001 - Utah Watercolor Society

 

67th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art ACCEPTED

69th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art ACCEPTED

2001/2002 - Utah Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition

University of Utah Annual Student Art Show BEST OF SHOW

 

Exhibits

2011 - Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico Solo Show

2010 - Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico Solo Show

2009 - Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico Group Show “Get Real”

2009 - Coda Gallery, Park City, Utah Two-Man Show

2008 - Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, California Two-Man Show

2007 - Art & Soup, Salt Lake City, Utah Juried Exhibit

 

 

Periodicals

2009 - Southwest Art Magazine 21 over 31 Article

2009 - American Art Collector Magazine Featured Article

 

Corporate and Private Collections

Dreamworks Studios

Access Hollywood

John Cleese, actor

Charlie Gibson, ABC

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

Bill & Sally Neukom, owner San Francisco Giants

Zions Bank Corporation

Deseret Newspaper Corporation

Utah Arts Council

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