The Gallery: R. Chunn

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We fell for R. Chunn's paintings the instant we saw 'em. We love his simple, colorful portrayal of everyday objects.

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R. Chunn says, I got serious about making art in the late 1980's, which eventually led to receiving a BFA degree from the San Francisco Academy of Art. . .After art school, I got a job painting murals for a commercial art studio in the Bay Area. Frustrated with painting someone else's stuff, I quit that job in 1995 and swore I would never work for a paycheck again. So far, so good. I've been painting full-time ever since. . .

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. . .I spent several years living on the cheap in the Central Valley and then a few years bumming around Mexico and South America until finally settling down in Seattle last year. . .

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He explains, All the paintings on my blogs were done in a single sitting from life -- alla prima. I like this method of painting because when I see something that catches my eye, I can put it down on the canvas or panel in one go when my concentration and enthusiasm for the subject is at its highest. I never go back to a finished painting to make corrections or "touch-ups." It has to be done right the first time out or scraped down. The alla prima painters who have influenced me the most are Giorgio Morandi, Edwin Dickinson, Fairfield Porter, and Avigdor Arikha.

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. . .Painting in itself is an intuitive process of balancing pictorial elements, or finding, what Diebenkorn called, "emotional rightness." In a way, I'm trying to find the poetry in the color and forms of the mundane objects around me. . .[As Arikha says,] "Painting starts where words stop."

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R. Chunn doesn't show in galleries. He prefers instead to show the paintings on his blogs and on Flickr, and sell them through eBay or his recently added Etsy store.

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For more of R. Chunn's work, check out his blogs: Alla Prima Painting, Freehand, and Lumpen Ink.