Melissa Chandon

"Spare, graphic, gorgeous, in these paintings Northern California—especially its often forgotten rural interior—has its David Hockney."
- Simon Sadler, Professor UC Davis Art History / Design

Biography

With animated, Pop-inspired colors and pared-down compositions, Melissa Chandon’s paintings push everyday scenes toward the brink of imaginative, dynamic abstraction. In her vibrant, graphic world infused with California light, landscape breaks down into basic elements—what she calls “core essence”—while shadows and reflections take on a life of their own.

Chandon’s latest body of work, titled From There to Here, represents an accumulation of insight and technique gained over her years as an artist, from her early artistic leanings in childhood to her current position at UC Davis, where she teaches a course on color and form to visual arts majors—“an investigation into color theory and composition” that has expanded her own thinking.

Meanwhile, Chandon’s lifelong fascination with the American vernacular continues: “I am still captivated by the ideal of the holiday or vacation,” she notes. “Or perhaps it’s just simple pleasures that I relish. The simple row boat, the backyard pool, the tail-fin of a highly designed car from my parents’ generation.” In her paintings, as in the objects and scenes that inspire her work, color, form, and design fuse into brilliant images. Though many of her settings are fictionalized (or at least, altered versions of reality), they have the air of vividly remembered places.

Chandon has exhibited her work at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento; the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis; and Art Santa Fe, among many others. In addition to corporate and notable private collections, her art is included in the Morris Graves Museum, Morgan Flagg Collection at the de Young Museum, San Francisco and the University of California, Davis’ Shields Library and Davis Medical Center.

Education

2011 Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, MFA

1975 Santa Clara University, BA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2019 A Moment of Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

            Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT.

            Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA.

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA.

2015 American Holiday, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2014 American Vacation, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

            Keep On Truckin’, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.

2013 California Dreamin’, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St Helena, CA.

2012 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2011 Campton Gallery, New York, NY

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.

2008 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

            Sacramento International Airport, sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts, Sacramento, CA.

            Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

            I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

            J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.


Selected Private and Public Collections

Morgan Flagg Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. • Morris Graves Museum • Napa Valley Museum • Chevy Chase • Morris Graves Museum • Triton Museum of Art • University of California, Davis Medical Center • University of California, Shields Library • Greg Kondos Museum, Sacramento City College • Queen Raina Al Abdullah of Jordan • Alderwood Business Park, Seattle • Jan Jones Collection, Mayor of Las Vegas • Alan Gauber, Mondoubleau, France. • Rudd Vineyard and Winery • Woodland Medical Clinic Hospital • Schumaker Oil Collection • Tower Corporation: Russ Solomon • Ward Carry Collection • William Nicholson Collection • Trish and George Vandenburg • Nancy Gilbert • True Religion Brand Jeans

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Selected Artworks

Red Umbrella with Cypress Trees

Red Umbrella with Cypress Trees

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 36 inches

210703

Green Umbrella Pool with Leaves

Green Umbrella Pool with Leaves

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 48 inches

210702

Pool Umbrellas & Vivid Green Forest

Pool Umbrellas & Vivid Green Forest

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 84 inches

210684

Pool with Three White Umbrellas

Pool with Three White Umbrellas

Acrylic on Panel

18 x 36 inches

210271

Spring Pool with Umbrella

Spring Pool with Umbrella

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 60 inches

210401

Pool with Tree Reflections | SOLD

Pool with Tree Reflections | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 96 inches

210119

Red Barn at Noon

Red Barn at Noon

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 96 inches

190255

Boats on a Row

Boats on a Row

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 36 inches

200414

Pool with Diving Board in Turquoise

Pool with Diving Board in Turquoise

Acrylic on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

180265

Pool with One Orange Chair

Pool with One Orange Chair

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 inches

210222

Pool with Wheat Field | SOLD

Pool with Wheat Field | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

72 x 84 inches

200245

Summer Wind Airstream with Pink Cadillac | SOLD

Summer Wind Airstream with Pink Cadillac | SOLD

Acrylic on Panel

36 x 72 inches

200061

Two Chaises with Ocean View

Two Chaises with Ocean View

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 36 inches

190328

White Barn

White Barn

Acrylic on Panel

11 x 14 inches

210314

Alaska Kayaks

Alaska Kayaks

Acrylic on Panel

11 x 14 inches

210317

Canoe in Green

Canoe in Green

Acrylic on Panel

11 x 14 inches

210316

Abstract Boats with Green & Yellow

Abstract Boats with Green & Yellow

Acrylic on Canvas

60 x 60 inches

200413

Education

2011 Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, MFA

1975 Santa Clara University, BA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2019 A Moment of Time, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

            Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT.

            Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA.

2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA.

2015 American Holiday, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2014 American Vacation, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

            Keep On Truckin’, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.

2013 California Dreamin’, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St Helena, CA.

2012 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2011 Campton Gallery, New York, NY

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2009 Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.

2008 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

            Sacramento International Airport, sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts, Sacramento, CA.

            Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

            I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

            J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.


Selected Private and Public Collections

Morgan Flagg Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. • Morris Graves Museum • Napa Valley Museum • Chevy Chase • Morris Graves Museum • Triton Museum of Art • University of California, Davis Medical Center • University of California, Shields Library • Greg Kondos Museum, Sacramento City College • Queen Raina Al Abdullah of Jordan • Alderwood Business Park, Seattle • Jan Jones Collection, Mayor of Las Vegas • Alan Gauber, Mondoubleau, France. • Rudd Vineyard and Winery • Woodland Medical Clinic Hospital • Schumaker Oil Collection • Tower Corporation: Russ Solomon • Ward Carry Collection • William Nicholson Collection • Trish and George Vandenburg • Nancy Gilbert • True Religion Brand Jeans

Biography

With animated, Pop-inspired colors and pared-down compositions, Melissa Chandon’s paintings push everyday scenes toward the brink of imaginative, dynamic abstraction. In her vibrant, graphic world infused with California light, landscape breaks down into basic elements—what she calls “core essence”—while shadows and reflections take on a life of their own.

Chandon’s latest body of work, titled From There to Here, represents an accumulation of insight and technique gained over her years as an artist, from her early artistic leanings in childhood to her current position at UC Davis, where she teaches a course on color and form to visual arts majors—“an investigation into color theory and composition” that has expanded her own thinking.

Meanwhile, Chandon’s lifelong fascination with the American vernacular continues: “I am still captivated by the ideal of the holiday or vacation,” she notes. “Or perhaps it’s just simple pleasures that I relish. The simple row boat, the backyard pool, the tail-fin of a highly designed car from my parents’ generation.” In her paintings, as in the objects and scenes that inspire her work, color, form, and design fuse into brilliant images. Though many of her settings are fictionalized (or at least, altered versions of reality), they have the air of vividly remembered places.

Chandon has exhibited her work at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento; the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis; and Art Santa Fe, among many others. In addition to corporate and notable private collections, her art is included in the Morris Graves Museum, Morgan Flagg Collection at the de Young Museum, San Francisco and the University of California, Davis’ Shields Library and Davis Medical Center.

Melissa Chandon

Press

"California Dreamin" on canvas and surfboards

Napa Valley Register

August 30, 2018

American Summer

American Art Collector

June, 2017

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Road Trip by Lorie Lee Steiner

Arabella Designs

May, 2016

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Chandon Evokes America's Past by Anita Katz

The San Francisco Examiner

November 4, 2014

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New Perspectives

American Art Collector

September, 2010

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Melissa Chandon

"Spare, graphic, gorgeous, in these paintings Northern California—especially its often forgotten rural interior—has its David Hockney."
- Simon Sadler, Professor UC Davis Art History / Design

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