The 37-year-old artist (who grew up in Santa Barbara) is living in L.A. now, and his new abstract paintings radiate a definite West Coast vibe. Pacific waves crash. Malibu mudslides ooze.
But the appeal of the Californian’s Peak and Flow is nearly coast-to-coast.
Chesnut doesn't use a brush
to create these works. Instead he drips, pours and sprays paint upon a
canvas on the ground, then tilts and turns the surface to achieve the
desired effect. The process sounds like Jackson Pollock’s, but Chesnut’s
paintings don’t have the dense and chaotic feeling of the late artist’s
The art is on view locally through May 29. Get show details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.