Chester paints scenes of man’s conquests on earth, things we’ve done to the earth and their evolving consequences. He also leads us on a wild ride through forgotten mine shafts and rubbish heaps, even poking fun at his own personal contribution – with a trashed pile of canvases and discarded frames. Somehow, these images aren’t all depressing – there is an amusement park beauty in their rendering, the familiarity of the objects and their worn memories.
One of Arnold’s students wrote : “Arnold’s work is like a hurricane in slow motion. When it hits you, you get it…a weirdly interesting combination of lush classical painting techniques and biting social criticism.” – Steinberg Farmer Report 2007
Chester has a solo show coming up on November 3rd, at the Catherine Clark Galleryin San Francisco.
LINK: Artist’s Website