James Chronister

About the Artist
Solo show: Glass Summers, October 28th – December 16th, 2017
Solo show: Better Bowls, More Crackers, May 16th – June 27th, 2015
Solo show: Bitterroot, February 15th – March 9th, 2014
Solo show: Now We Lustre, May 28th – June 2nd, 2011
Solo show: All We Ever Wanted Is Anything, March 14th – April 18th, 2009


James Chronister (b. 1978) earned his MFA in 2004 from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco where he received the Richard K Price Painting Award. In 2010 Chronister was nominated for the SECA Award by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2013 he was awarded the Artist-In-Residence at the Lux Art Institute which was accompanied by a survey of his work from the years 2009-2013.

Chronister has exhibited work in solo shows, group shows and art fairs in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. His paintings have ranged in style from near photorealistic to large-scale abstraction. Currently a Charter Artist in the Minnesota Street Projects Artist Studio Program, Chronister lives in San Francisco, California.

Artist Statement

I am interested in the feeling of listening to a walkman in the woods behind my parents’ home, looking at the mountains through my bedroom window at night as a child, playing my father’s vinyl records and burning incense, driving in the middle of a Montana winter, riding a train through rural villages and countryside during a German summer, playing Dungeons and Dragons, reading Lord of the Rings, and watching Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same.

Within painting, I find a different, imagined and bruised reality.

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1978, Helena, Montana, USA

Lives and works in San Francisco, California

Education

2004
MFA California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, CA

2001
BFA (High Honors) University of Montana (U of M), Missoula, MT

1999
University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Glass Summers, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016
Sup Paintings, %100 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015
Better Bowls, More Crackers, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014
Bitterroot, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013
James Chronister:  Paintings 2009-2013, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA

2011
Now We Lustre, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ceremony, Burnet Galley at Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

2009
All We Ever Wanted Was Anything, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007
Listen Like Thieves, Bloom Studios, Oakland, CA

Group Exhibitions/Art Fairs

2017
James Chronister and Megan Reed, Interim, Oakland, CA, curated by Aaron Harbour

2016

Sup Paintings, %100 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016
We’re Together, Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA, curated by Grant Gutierrez
I Never Learned the Title of the Song I Always Sing, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA, curated by Brion Nuda Rosch
ArtMRKT, San Francisco, CA

2015
An Arbitrary Group of Paintings, Et Al, San Francisco, CA

2014
Bay Area Now 7, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Miami Project, Miami FL

2013
ArtMRKT, San Francisco, CA

2012
Scope Art Fair, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery, New York, NY
Aqua Art Fair, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Miami, FL
ArtPad Art Fair, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011
Chromaticism, NOMA Gallery, SF, CA, Curated by Liz Wing
ArtMRKT Fair, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Aqua Art Fair, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Miami, FL

2010
San Francisco Fine Arts Fair, San Francisco, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery,
Space: Series 1, Truesilver Union Gallery, San Francisco, CA
It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It, Truesilver Union Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Chimera: Fabrications of the Mind, Gensler, SF, CA, curated by Mathew Hughes Boyko
Scope Art Fair, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery, New York, NY
Curated by Alexis MacKenzie at the POVevolving gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Aqua Art Fair, via Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Miami, FL

2008
Art: Work, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (staff show), San Francisco, CA

2006
Paintings From Pluto, Gallery of Urban Art, Emeryville, CA (w/Jake Longstreth) (two person show)
Trucker Hats Vs. Sideways Haircuts, On Six Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curated by Leslie Shows
Celebrity, Café Royal, San Francisco, CA, Curated by Mathew Hughes Boyko
Snap, Crackle, Pop, PlaySpace Gallery, CCA, San Francisco, CA (catalogue), Curated by Sarrita Hunn

2004
MFA Thesis Exhibition, CCA, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Mathew Higgs
50 Below, PlaySpace Gallery, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Green Couch Soirée, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2003
99 Bottles, Build Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Spaces to Fall Into, Slingshot Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Collectively, CCA, San Francisco, CA

2002
Slingshot, Alpha Galleries, CCA, San Francisco, CA
Feedback, Alpha Galleries, CCA, San Francisco, CA
ANA 31, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, Juried by Gerald Peters
Montana Artists, Melanie Alvarez Gallery, Missoula, MT

2001
B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Gallery of Visual Arts, Missoula, MT
ANA 30, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, Juried by Peter Schjeldahl
Amnesty International Human Rights Cultural Exhibition, University Center Ballroom, Missoula, MT

Grants/Awards

2013
Artist in Residence, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA

2010
SECA Nomination, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

2004
Richard K. Price Scholarship (painting), CCA, San Francisco, CA

2003
CCA Scholarship (painting), CCA, San Francisco, CA

2001
B.F.A. with High Honors, U of M, Missoula, MT
University Scholar, Davidson Honors College, U of M, Missoula, MT
Fox Scholarship, U of M, Missoula, MT

2000
Miles Scholarship, U of M, Missoula, MT

Bibliography

2017
“Now Featuring James Chronister,” Little Paper Planes Blog, Interview by Maggie Haas

2015
“James Chronister: Better Bowls More Crackers,” Artists Speak interview, by Katie McCracken. ArtistsSpeak.org ”

2013
“The Paintings of James Chronister at Lux Art Institute,” Sunset Magazine, by Thomas Story
“Being Alone: The Paintings of James Chronister at Lux,” San Diego Story, by Kraig Cavanaugh
“Visiting Lux Artist Paints in the Dark, “KPBS San Diego, by Angela Carone
“Connecting the Dots at Lux,” UT San Diego, by James Chute
“James Chronister Prefers the Imperfect,” San Diego City Beat, by Alex Zaragoza
“LUX Kids: Lux Kids are Experimenting with James Chronister’s Dot-Painting Technique,” Lux Blog, by Kara Leen
“DAILY SERVING: An Interview with Jame Chronister,” DAILY SERVING, by Robin Tung

2012
Studio Visit with James Chronister, “This Month’s Edition, by Jonathan Casella
“Lux Announces Fall Line-Up,” San Diego Union-Tribune,, Nov 20th
“Lux Announces New Artists for 2013 Residency ,” NC Times, June 21st

2011
Featured Artist, New American Painting, Issue 91
“James Chronister,” American Art Collector,  June Issue
“Rackroom: Interview with James Chronister,” Artslant
“Editorial Recomendations,” Visual Art Source

2010
“Rock and Roll, Cali and Why Garth Brooks Didn’t Make the Cut,”  FRANK 151
“James Chronister on ‘Ceremony’ at the Burnet Gallery,”  Skyway of Love
“James Chronister:  Ceremony,” Citypages, Minneapolis, MN

2009
In Black and White, by Kristi Beardshear, Artslant.com
James Chronister at Eleanor Harwood Gallery, by Jake Longstreth, Shotgun-Review.com

2006
Snap, Crackle, Pop, Exhibition Catalog, SF, CA

2001
ANA 30 Artists, Independent Record, Helena, MT

1999
American Institute for Foreign Study Student Journal, Salamanca, Spain

Lectures

2015 Artist Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2013 Artist Lecture, Lux Art Institue, Encinitas, CA

2012 Artist Lecture, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2011 Artist Lecture, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Selected Collections

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
San Francisco General Hospital, SF, CA
Paul Wattis III, SF, CA
Nion McEvoy, SF, CA
Howard Tullman, Chicago, IL
Ralph Burnet, Minneapolis, MN