Featured Artist Chuck Bauer
Student Rentals, Oil on canvas, 18â€ť x 20â€ť by Chuck Bauer
and Studio Art starting before college, when he lived in Germany and Japan, and spent a year in Paris, and then
in college, spending his junior year
in New York City, sponsored by the Whitney Museum. Chuck still seeks out instructors and has occasionally taught, finding the experience,
â€śmostly exhilarating, but occasionally exhausting.â€ť Obviously, he says, there is no end to learning about art, and how to paint, and certainly of learning how to teach.
Chuckâ€™s current series of work, shown in this article, uses built environments as a means of exploring light and color. For
him, composition is always paramount. Additionally, Chuckâ€™s attraction to domestic architecture adds nostalgia and respect for craft to the content of the paintings. Some consider the works to be neo-Regionalist. Painting â€śbuilding-scapesâ€ť, and especially houses, with which Chuck has no direct personal attachment (he seldom knows the occupants or owners) allows him distance, despite the impression many viewers may have of formally
commissioned portraiture. â€śDo you know the owners?â€ť is usually the first reaction. To Chuck, though, the subject matter is the least important element of the work, since itâ€™s largely an excuse for the light and the color - Chuck used to be an abstract painter and it shows. From time to time, though, and largely out of curiosity, Chuck
says he has sent notes to property owners, including a copy of the painting, hoping to suggest a neighborly courtesy and not solicitation. Interestingly, he seldom receives a reply or even a brief acknowledgment. (â€śSo much for courtesy.â€ť) The most unusual reply received he tells
us, is a request for a free reproduction, size specified, and â€śsuitable
for framing.â€ť In the most recent instance though, he complied after he learned that homeowner was a woman over 90 years old who had grown up in the house, and so he gained a friend.
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