Wendy Chidester

My work depicts a history of objects and machines that have been lost in the advancement of technology and time. My still life paintings of obsolete machines, worn and outdated luggage without wheels, used books and tried and true toys are filled with reverence, reverence for the human ingenuity they represent and for the inherent beauty of the objects themselves. I paint the objects as relics as if they were some kind of icon. I'm constantly keeping my eyes and ears open for subject matter that excites me to the point of wanting to bring the objects back to life.

I really enjoy painting the surfaces of my still life objects. I capture the wear of age by scratching into the painting surface, flicking paint and applying multiple glazes making the object appear to have endured on canvas what it has endured in real life. When viewed up close the painting reads as painterly expressionist abstract but from a distance the painting is almost that of photo realism.

Editorial writer, Gail Leggio remarks, “One element of her presentation is crucial: the way she stages the object – formally, even regally. Some still-life artists cultivate the idea that a particular arrangement is serendipitous. Artist and view agree to the fiction, understanding that, however casual it seems, the composition has been deliberately constructed. Chidester presents her machine with the dignity of a court portrait. The choice of background color contributes very effectively to the sense of dignity. Chidester might be thought of as a curator/anthropologist, studying the ancestor gods of modern technology. Wendy Chidester is not only salvaging a piece of the past, she is transforming it through her painting.”


92nd Spring Salon Springville Museum of Art  Honorable Mention  4-2017

2016 included in the Salt Lake County Art Collection

92nd Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art 3rd PLACE

86th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art,* MERIT AWARD

The Artists' Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition 2010, 2nd PLACESouthwest Art Magazine

21 Over 31 Nationwide CONTEST WINNER 11-2009

Giacobbefritz Fine Art Gallery, Group Show “Get Real” 5-2009

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

Coda Gallery, Park City, Two-Man Show 2-2009

Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA Two-Man Show 12-2008

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

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

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

Art & Soup, juried exhibit, Salt Lake City, UT 3-2007

Utah Watercolor Society Miniature Show 2004, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

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

Utah Watercolor Society 2001 Fall Membership Show, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

77th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art

69th Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art

Utah Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition, 2001-2002

University of Utah Annual Student Art Show, BEST OF SHOW

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