Saul Chase, American (1945 - )

Saul Chase

New York City, 1945.

B.A. Fine Arts, C.C.N.Y., 1965
M.A. Fine Arts, C.U.N.Y., 1968

Chase graduated from City College of New York, where he also received his M.A. degree. He taught for six years in vocational schools before he had his first solo show at A. C. A. Galleries in 1973. A realist with a predilection for geometric abstraction, Chase works loosely from photographs, but dissects and reconstructs the buildings, store fronts, streets, bridges, and skies captured by his camera. Chase's urban landscapes are devoid of people and action and possess a precise linearity and atmospheric clarity that derive from the rectilinear planes and surfaces of his subjects. A great admirer of J. M. W. Turner, Chase describes his scenes as memories of visual events and says his goal in painting is ambiguity: "the multiple levels that paint can achieve.

The beauty of Saul Chase's work arises out of the inherent contradiction between his subject and the rendering. Chase paints the urban landscape of barren streets, warehouses, beaches, and subways in
contrast with a palette of soft muted colors. There is nothing as complicated as simplicity and to achieve his deliberate monotones Chase may use as many as 103 colors in a single painting. In recreating the memory of an event Chase rebuilds his vision of the urban landscape as a facsimile of his initial impression. Recently Chase has turned to silk screen printing as a medium finding it ideal in translating his visions.

If you dissect a Saul Chase painting and reduce it to its basic compounds and materials you will not find the painting, something more is expressed through the artist. That something more is beauty. Analyze and dissect a painting too carefully and the beauty will disappear. The whole is always more than the sum total of the parts. Saul Chase's paintings are very simply beautiful, a not often used adjective in the art world, where much of the beauty has been theorized out of the canvas in favor of mental gymnastics.
On the other hand, Chase's paintings are to be approached totally through the
heart. They are images washed clean of prejudices. They emerge as if reborn. The
urban landscape is presented with innocence and wonder. This is the "landscape"
Chase grew up with in the Bronx. Chase developed a deep rapport with his
environment, as children do, oblivious to preconceived ideas, knowing no other world
but the one within. As unconcerned with the pedestrian idea of "objective reality,” the
subway station, Coney Island and the I ND as identities disappear, existence arises
luminous as a tension caught in the cobweb of our minds.

One Man Shows
1972 A.C.A. Gallery
1978 Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York
1980 Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York
1981 Gallery Yves Arman, New York
2001 Laumont Gallery, New York
2004 Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions
1969 A.C.A. Galleries
1969 National Academy of Design Annual
1971 American Academy of Arts and Letters
1971 A.C.A. Galleries
1972 Butler Art Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
1972 St. Mary's College of Maryland
1972-74 Sara Roby Collection Traveling to Museums
1972 National Academy of Design Annual
1974 American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual
1974 National Academy of Design Annual
1976 American Academy of Arts and Letters
1976 The Queens Museum
1977 National Academy of Design Annual
1979 Andrew Crispo Gallery, New York
2002 Robert Miller Gallery, New York

1969 S.J.Wallace Truman Prize, National Academy of Design 144th Annual Exhibition
1972 Salmagundi Club Award, Audubon Artists Society Annual
1972 S.J. Wallace Truman Prize, National Academy of Design 147th Annual
1974 Julius Hallgarten Prize, National
Academy of Design 149th Annual Exhibition
1977 Julius Hallgarten Prize, National Academy of design, 152nd Annual Exhibition

Museum and Public Collections
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Joseph Hirshhorn Collection, Washington, D.C.
Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens
Sara Roby Foundation, New York
Wichita State University Museum of Art, Kansas
Canton Art Institute, Ohio
Citibank, New York
Cleveland Museum of Art
Richard Brown Baker Collection
The Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

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