Melissa Chandon

April 2021
St. Helena

"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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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
2016 From There to Here, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Francisco, 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, San Francisco,
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 A Complimentary Compilation, 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.
2007 LandMarks, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Terzian Gallery, Park City, UT.
2006 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
2005 Phoenix Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2004 Phoenix Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2000 Soloman Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2014 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
Art Southhampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
Southampton, NY.
Common Tread: Traversing the American Landscape,
William D Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA.
This Is Your Land, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.
American Flashback, Sue Greenwood Fine Art,
Laguna Beach, CA.
Car Talk, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2013 Central Valley Threads: Keep On Truckin’, Merced
Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA.
Objectified, Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, University Hall Gallery, Boston, MA.
Home is: Artists Reflect on the Meaning of Place, Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2012 Traversing the American Landscape, Begovich Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, CA.
2010 Sullivan Goss an American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
SF Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Water Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2009 Sullivan Goss An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Art of the Bicycle, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Consilience of Art & Science, Pence Gallery in conjunction with University of California, Davis, CA.
I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2008 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2007 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Sacramento Valley Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,
Davis, CA.
Art Santa Fe, John Natsoulas Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Exhibition de Paysages du Perche à la Gallerie ď air ď Alan Gauber, Mondoubleau, France.
2006 Flatlanders: A Regional Roundup, University of California, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA.
Sacramento Valley Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,
Davis, CA.
Art of the Bicycle, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, 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 • James Flagg

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Selected Artworks

Education
2011 Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, MFA
1975 Santa Clara University, BA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 From There to Here, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Francisco, 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, San Francisco,
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 A Complimentary Compilation, 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.
2007 LandMarks, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Terzian Gallery, Park City, UT.
2006 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
2005 Phoenix Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2004 Phoenix Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2000 Soloman Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2015 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2014 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
Art Southhampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
Southampton, NY.
Common Tread: Traversing the American Landscape,
William D Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, CA.
This Is Your Land, Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, CA.
American Flashback, Sue Greenwood Fine Art,
Laguna Beach, CA.
Car Talk, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2013 Central Valley Threads: Keep On Truckin’, Merced
Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, CA.
Objectified, Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, University Hall Gallery, Boston, MA.
Home is: Artists Reflect on the Meaning of Place, Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2012 Traversing the American Landscape, Begovich Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, CA.
2010 Sullivan Goss an American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
SF Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Water Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2009 Sullivan Goss An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA. I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Art of the Bicycle, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Consilience of Art & Science, Pence Gallery in conjunction with University of California, Davis, CA.
I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2008 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
2007 Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Sacramento Valley Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,
Davis, CA.
Art Santa Fe, John Natsoulas Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Exhibition de Paysages du Perche à la Gallerie ď air ď Alan Gauber, Mondoubleau, France.
2006 Flatlanders: A Regional Roundup, University of California, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA.
Sacramento Valley Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,
Davis, CA.
Art of the Bicycle, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, 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 • James Flagg

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.