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by Chuck Bauer

Friday, January 31, 2020 through Friday, March 13, 2020
Wellington & Muranyi Galleries


 

Madison, Wisconsin artist Chuck Bauer is drawn to subjects with a domestic or a natural theme, and uses conventional approaches that convey nostalgia and tranquility. Not afraid of color, or experimentation, however, his early training as an abstract painter still fuels a current approach to realistic topics. He seeks solid composition, but also playful and perhaps sometimes unexpected results. Bauer says, “In painting, I believe, you have to balance your thinking: employing not too much or too little; thus, seeking to keep both the painter, and the viewer, intrigued, excited, entertained.”

His works are usually executed on site, en plein air ("in the open air"), during one or two painting sessions. His paintings are of modest size, as he paints wherever he goes, and is rarely without painting supplies. Painting en plein air allows him to respond directly to the natural world because photographs are weak, and memory is weaker.

His subjects are often mere excuses to use color expressively, or to work out compositional themes that engage his interest. “At the same time no one interested in the details of perception could be immune to the beauty of this part of the Midwest, so any emotional content one might sense in this work is in no way unintended, Bauer comments. He tells viewers to, “Simply think of these paintings as ‘boxes of imaginative air.’"

In 1969 Bauer earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, and in 1970 he received a M.A. in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1972 to 2016 (retired), he was the president and co-founder of the well-known business The Soap Opera, located on State Street in Madison. He is a member of Driftless Area Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, and Wisconsin Regional Artists Association.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Friday, January 31, 2020
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit has been made possible by Mike and Shelley Muranyi; Duxstad and Bestul, S.C.; Paul and Sue Barrett; David and Julie Buchanan; John and Donna Glynn; and Lee and Chris Knuteson.