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 Melissa Chandon  (1952 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Mississippi      Known for: architectural paintings-buildings

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White Beach with Lifeguard Station 12" h x 16" w, 2009 acrylic on  birch panel with marine varnish
White Beach with Lifeguard Station 12" h x 16" w, 2009 acrylic on birch panel with marine varnish
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Melissa Chandon is a painter of architectural structures devoid of human presence and in an abstract realist style similar to that of Edward Hopper.  Her inspiration for these subjects, many of them speaking of a vanishing past, came from the many road trips she took as a child with her parents, and from an early age, she determined to be an artist.

She studied at the University of Minnesota, and finding the school overwhelmingly big, switched to the state University of New York at Purchase where the population was manageable for her but she was close to the New York City art scene.   However, for her the best learning environment was at Santa Clara University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

From 1975 to 1995, she did not paint as she was committed to raising a family, doing organic farming and designing homes and gardens.  Then she returned to painting, much influenced by California still life and landscape painter, Wayne Thiebaud, who accepted her as an apprentice.

Today (2008) her studio is in the warehouse district of Davis, California where she had attended classes of Thiebaud at the state university.

In 2007, she had a solo exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka CA.  The title was Melissa Chandon: LandMarks.  Her work was also exhibited at the Sacramento International Airport October - January 2008.  Other exhibition venues include the Crocker Art Museum and the University of California, Davis, Richard L. Nelson Gallery: Flatlanders: A Regional Roundup, July 6th through August 13th, 2006.


Virginia Campbell, "mid-century memories", Southwest Art, May 2008, p. 88

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