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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

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Skidmore Contemporary Art Presents "American Weekend" Featuring the Paintings of Melissa Chandon!

Skidmore ContemporJune25-2016-MelissaChandon-Skidmore-SurfWagonary presents a solo exhibition titled "American Weekend" featuring the paintings of Melissa Chandon! On Saturday June 25, enjoy an opening reception and meet the artist.

See my Huffington Post review about this exhibition.

See image: Melissa Chandon, Surf Wagon, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"

Melissa Chandon memorializes classic American imagery with a vibrant palette and an exquisite sense of composition. Her paintings of water, sky and the American landscape call to mind Hockney’s pools and Diebenkorn’s strong lines and shapes. Simple geometric forms cast shadows and conjure mystery; portraits of iconic cars pull on an emotional register of days gone by; mid-century architecture is memorialized with lush color and rich surface treatment. Hers is a roadside vernacular of images that are fading from public view.

A classically trained artist, Chandon lives and works in Northern California. She teaches at the prestigious university UC Davis. Her exhibitions include the Center for Contemporary Art, SacramMelssiaChandon-LifeguardStation-croppedento and the Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, among many others, with her work included in collections such as the de Young Museum, San Francisco and the Shields Library at the University of California, Davis' Shields Library and Davis Medical Center. Her work has been exhibited with Edward Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol.

See image: Lifeguard Station Last Night, 2016  Acrylic on canvas 48" x 48"

On view: June 25 - July 30, 2016

Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
Phone: 310-828-5070

Website: http://www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com