JEFFERSON PARK — The artists behind an extended exhibit at the Ed Paschke Art Center that explores the relationship between the process of creating a painting and the finished piece will discuss their work Dec. 19.
"La Palette: The Chicago Palette," features Dr. Stephen Sheldon's 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.
Originally scheduled to close at the end of November, the exhibit will now be on display until Dec. 23, and feature the work of several Chicago artists, including Paschke, Roger Brown, James Mesple, Anita Ivy Miller, Thomas J. O'Gorman, Sandra Perlow, Nancy Rosen and James Valerio.
The exhibit features high-resolution photographs of the artist's palettes taken by Sheldon — an expert on pediatric sleep disorders — next to the original finished works of a number of Chicago-based contemporary painters.
As revealed by Sheldon’s portraits, some palettes are highly organized by academic methods of color theory while others are arranged whimsically and depict the artist’s mood or focus.
Sheldon said his work is a search for the artists' "subconscious signatures."
The exhibition taps into the growing field of technical art history that seeks to understand an artist through his or her process, exhibit curators said in a statement.
The artists showcased in the exhibit's final installation will discuss their work along with Sheldon at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
The event, which is free, is designed to give members of the public a glimpse behind the scenes in order to better understand the artists' processes and inspirations. Refreshments will be served at the event, which requires reservations, organizers said.
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.
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