Iridescent Waves at SVA Galleries

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Cannery Suite 104

Johnnie Chatman – Iridescent Waves

Artist Reception September 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm


Johnnie Chatman’s mixed media series Iridescent Waves represents the reconciliation of parallel trains of thought, an exploration of duality and rhythm, and the expression of an inner vision in an otherwise nondescript setting.

“I’m exploring the landscape, looking for unorganized scenes that will allow me the freedom to construct my own reality,” says Chatman. “I’m seeking to find ideas and traits of expressionism in the physical world.” Beginning with long photographic exposures, he prints the images on rag paper mounted on wood panels, then further works them with acrylics, blurring the line between photography and painting while employing the strengths of both media.

Johnnie Chatman grew up in the southern California suburb of Claremont, and began his art education under the tutelage of local artist Elizabeth Preston, and later at Chaffey University. Discovering an affinity for photography as an art form, he transferred to Academy of Art College in 2011 and recently completed his BFA in Photography.  His work has been shown at the de Young museum, the Caremont Forum, and at a recent solo exhibition at AAU Galleries at The Cannery. Chatman currently lives and works in San Francisco.


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