JEFFERSON PARK — The artist behind a new exhibit at the Ed Paschke Art Center that explores the relationship between the process of creating a painting and the finished piece will discuss his work Saturday.
In the first of a series of artist talks, Dr. Stephen Sheldon will discuss his in-depth examination of the artist’s palette as a microcosm of his or her finished work. A palette is a thin board or slab on which an artist lays and mixes colors.
Sheldon and painters William Conger and David Klamen will discuss their collaboration and share behind-the-scenes details of their photo shoots. They will interpret and analyze each other's work and reveal the inspiration and insight it has lent their own practice, organizers said.
The free session will take place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required.
As part of the exhibit, Sheldon — an expert on pediatric sleep disorders and a professional photographer — placed high-resolution photographs of the artist’s palettes alongside the original finished works of a number of Chicago-based contemporary painters.
The Ed Paschke Art Center, 5415 W. Higgins Ave., in Jefferson Park, is dedicated to showcasing the colorful and up-close paintings of people's faces that made Paschke one of the most famous artists to call Chicago home.
Paschke often said, “You can tell a true artist from their palette,” Sheldon recalled in a statement.
The full lists of artists showcased in the exhibit are Paschke, Peter Axelsen, Roger Brown, William Conger, Michelle Grabner, Richard Hull, Wesley Kimler, David Klamen, Vera Klement, Amy Lowry, James Mesple, Anita Miller, Tom O’Gorman, Sandra Perlow, Clarrisse Perrette, Nancy Rosen and James Valerio.
The exhibit is scheduled to close Nov. 29.
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