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James Chronister

Artist Residency Season: 
2012-13
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Mar 14 2013 - Apr 13 2013
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Mar 14 2013 - May 18 2013
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James Chronister
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San Francisco painter James Chronister employs a labor-intensive, pointillist technique to achieve strikingly nuanced tonality and depth in his paintings. Armed with a tiny brush and guided by projected grids, he meticulously applies dots of black pigment onto a white ground until the images of snowy forest landscapes, palatial interiors and rock music legends magically emerge, reaching near-photographic veracity.

Born in Helena, MT, James graduated with a BFA from the University of Montana and then moved to San Francisco to attend California College of the Arts, where he got his MFA. He has shown in solo exhibitions, group shows and art fairs in San Francisco, New York, Miami and Minneapolis. He received a SECA nomination from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and his work is in the collection of the Berkeley Art Museum in Berkeley, CA and in numerous private collections on both the East and West Coasts.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011
Now We Lustre, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ceremony, Burnet Gallery at Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

2009
All We Ever Wanted Was Anything, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007
Listen Like Thieves, Bloom Studios, Oakland, CA

2006
Paintings From Pluto, Gallery of Urban Art, Emeryville, CA (w/Jake Longstreth)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010
Dissonance, POVevolving Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; curated by Alexis Anne Mackenzie
Space: Series 1, TrueSilver Union Gallery, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Fine Arts Fair, San Francisco, CA (w/ Eleanor Harwood Gallery)
It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It, Truesilver Union Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Chimera: Fabrications of the Mind, Gensler, San Francisco, CA; curated by Mathew Hughes Boyko
Scope Art Fair (w/ Eleanor Harwood Gallery), New York, NY

2009
Aqua Art Fair (w/Eleanor Harwood Gallery), Miami, FL

2008
Art: Work, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (staff show), San Francisco, CA

2006
Trucker Hats Vs. Sideways Haircuts, On Six Gallery, San Francisco, CA; curated by Leslie Shows
Celebrity, Café Royal, San Francisco, CA; curated by Mathew Hughes Boyko
Snap, Crackle, Pop, PlaySpace Gallery, CCA, San Francisco, CA (catalogue); curated by Sarrita Hunn

2004
MFA Thesis Exhibition, CCA, San Francisco, CA; curated by Mathew Higgs
50 Below, PlaySpace Gallery, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Green Couch Soirée, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2003
99 Bottles, Build Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Spaces to Fall Into, Slingshot Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Collectively, CCA, San Francisco, CA

2002    
Slingshot, Alpha Galleries, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Feedback, Alpha Galleries, CCA, San Francisco, CA
ANA 31, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT; juried by Gerald Peters
Montana Artists, Melanie Alvarez Gallery, Missoula, MT

2001    
B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Gallery of Visual Arts, Missoula, MT
ANA 30, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT; juried by Peter Schjeldahl
Amnesty International Human Rights Cultural Exhibition, University Center Ballroom, Missoula, MT

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