704 N. Wells St., CHICAGO, IL 60654 USA, Tel: 312.664.3406 email
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Celebrating 20 Years on Wells St in Chicago's River North Gallery District!


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Important note: Dear friends, art lovers, collectors, and art professionals. We at Addington Gallery are excited to be open for business and art viewing again! For the health and safety of all, we are committed to following federal, state, and city covid-19 guidelines. Social distancing will be practiced at the gallery at all times, with gouts of visitors and staff limited to 8 at a time. All door handles are disinfected after every visit. Hand sanitizer is provided at the front desk. Masks are required, and if you forget yours, a new one will be provided for you.

Addington gallery is open Tus-Sat 11-6, and is also available for private gallery viewings, over the phone consultations, and Zoom meetings. You can email us or call us (312.664.3406) at any time to schedule a private viewing of work at the gallery, and you can call, text, or email with questions about the artists and their work - artwork that we continue to represent with energy and dedication! It is important now, more than ever, to support artists who continue to enrich our lives and culture during challenging times. Addington Gallery is committed to this purpose, and we hope that you'll join us live, on our website and on social media.






Our New Virtual Exhibition

Sharing Shelter: Small, Affordable Works of Art


Two months in the making! Featuring small works by a selection of exciting artists.
All works are one of a kind and hand made, and most have been made in the last two months.






Current Solo Exhibition



Kathleen Waterloo: 20/20Fusion








Recent Exhibitions


TerraChroma



This show explores various contemporary approaches to landscape painting juxtaposed in the same space with richly optical color-based abstraction. The result is an exhibition of bracing chromatic shifts, rich tactile surfaces, and deep enveloping spaces.

Featuring the work of Kathleen Waterloo, Alicia LaChance, Joanne Mattera, Brooks Anderson, Thomas Monaghan, Molly McCracken Kumar, Robin Denevan, Michael Dubina, Ronald Clayton, Lisa Pressman, Michael Hoffman, Karen Nielsen-Fried, Howard Hersh, Cat Crotchett, Julie Montgomery, Diana Cutrone, and new small works by Scott French, Jill McGannon, and Paula Blackwell.


Allison B. Cooke: Palinsesti




Susan Hall and Marissa Voytenko: Tapestry

  



Susan Kraut: In Studios




Sandra Dawson: Hide and Seek





Rebecca Crowell

Also featuring work by
Lisa Pressman, Kathleen Waterloo, Alicia LaChance,and Joanne Mattera.

Molly McCracken Kumar

Brooks Anderson



View work by Jeff Hirst

View work by Allison B Cooke

View work by Judson Chatfield

View work by Karen Nielsen-Fried

Carl Linstrum: Light and Shadow

Carl Linstrum




"Horizon's Deconstructed", Encaustic Paintings and Works on Steel by Robin Denevan




Off the Grid: Jeff Hirst, Lisa Pressman, and Marissa Voytenko


Brooks Anderson, Sandra Dawson, Michael Dubina
"Skyborn"

Read the press release and view work



View Brooks Anderson's paintings.

View Sandra Dawson's Paintings.

View Michael Dubina's Paintings.

"Light in the Forest", Paintings on copper by Joan Holleb



View Joan Holleb's paintings.



"Structural Alterations", New encaustic paintings by Jeffrey Hirst



View Jeffrey Hirst's paintings.


"Free Passage", featuring work by Ronald Clayton, Lisa Pressman, Michael Dubina Click on names to view work.





NEWS

Gallery Spotlight: Encaustic Painting at Addington Gallery

Excerpted from Chicago Art News

I asked Dan Addington if I could write about his gallery in my own words based on a number of conversations we've had. Addington features a number of artists who who explore a unique relationship between image and process oriented painting, including the medium of encaustic. It's fun talking to Dan about encaustic art because he's passionate about the medium and the way each artist uses it differently.

Let's step back and start with the basics of encaustic painting. Point one, it's ancient, dating back to the 4th century BC.

And point two: painting with wax is very hard to do, it's hard to control, and you have to work fast because wax goes from molten-lava-hot to dried candle wax in about 10 seconds. And like other mediums in which it's difficult to master the basics, when a medium like this grows in popularity, a lot of the practitioners get lost in the technique, they become "Encaustic Painters" rather than artists who have to be working with Encaustic materials. And with this popularity, classes follow, which evolve into academic studies and before you know it, there are a whole lot of rules.

Dan Addington is, himself, an encaustic painter, and he's been doing it a long time, before it got trendy. In turn, he's a fan of Howard Hersh, Mark Perlman and others who have been doing it even longer than him, before the schools and the hobbyists got their hands on it. Before the rules were written. So Addington's aesthetic, and Encaustic posse could possibly be defined in that way: pre convention.

Addington builds his paintings up layer by layer, drawing on and gouging into the surface, adding oil paint, tar, fabric and other odd materials into the mix, which gives the work a very textural feel.

Now, Howard Hersh, who was featured in a recent exhibit and is represented by the gallery, is also pre-rules, yet he has a completely different approach, and balances the geometric with the inherent chaos of encaustic.

So how to tell the Encaustic painters from the artists who work with wax? Addington gravitates to work that has a conceptual level to it, artists who are going for a specific idea, and not just expressing their feelings through random splashes of color.

As Addington pointed out, "Encaustic has a visual archaeology that exists in each piece. Because you can see the translucent layers, it opens the door to the process. With much painting, the top surface is often the only surface the viewer can access. With encaustic painting, you can dig down through the layers and see the history".






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