Artist Feature: Stu Chait

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Stu Chait is based in Rochester, NY. His work includes mulit-tych, watercolor, abstract paintings. We asked him some questions about his work and life, and here is what came of the conversation…

  1. What project(s) are you involved in that you are most excited about right now?

    A Manipulation in Red, 2011. A multi-tych painting 48'x48' divided into 3 panels vertically. The color red dominates the painting, except for blotches of black, white and blue, a splatter of yellow and a large, vertical, solid white stripe on the left side of the rightmost panel.

    A Manipulation in Red, 2011

I am working on a large multi-tych painting (114″ x 114″) that is scheduled to exhibit at the Dyer Gallery at the Rochester Institute of Technology this summer. 

  1. What has been your proudest moment as an artist so far?

As I slowly move into Public Art as a larger venue to exhibit my work to larger audiences, I’m very proud to have been selected to Oklahoma City’s pre-qualified artist’s pool from 2014 thru 2016.

  1. What is one thing about being a career artist that you didn’t learn in school?

Knowing and understanding how to work with clients and the public at large. I am an architect by trade and there are many crossovers. 

Fusione, 2011, a 36"x36"multi-trych painting divided vertically into 3 panels. The shapes of this artwork look similar to tumultuous clouds. There are grey and deep blue colors surrounding a red center on a white background.

Fusione, 2011.

 

  1. How did you first start promoting your work/ building your audience? Did you use social media?

After several pieces sold at a group invitational, I started my web site and then moved onto Facebook.

  1. What excites you the most about the art world at large or your local art community right now?

How varied it is and how it continues to evolve. Here in Rochester, because of Kodak and the George Eastman Museum, photography is big. But the Rochester Institute of Technology has a definite influence with the merging of technology and the arts.

Atemito, 2013. This 78"x78" painting is made up of 4 square panels tilted on their corners and arranged in the shape of a diamond. Blue, yellow, white, and brown colors flow organically through each of the 4 panels, making the shapes within the painting reminiscent of water, trees, and sunlight.

Atemito, 2013

  1. Which Starry Night Programs have you been involved in, and what was your experience like?

I was included in Artists to Look Out For. The experience was good, it showed another audience and acceptance of my work and since then I’ve continued to get shortlisted on Public Art calls. Eventually kicking that door open to become a finalist.

  1. Is there anything else you want to share?

As artists, we have to decide what we want to do and where we want to go. Don’t become sedentary in your work or your approach. Things will come to you and will appear, sometimes not so obviously.

You can find Stu Chait’s website here. You can also find him on Facebook with  his  artist page and his business page, Chait Studios.

 

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One Comment

  1. Séamus O Dúill
    May 17, 2016

    Hey Stu Chait and Starry Night Programs,

    The format works well and Stu your answers have good tips regarding venues and audience, which reinforce some of what Monika’s videos, Do’s and Don’t, when dealing with galleries, great, it’s got me thinking of a wider horizon with more focused details, thanks.

    I did receive an e-mail about the Artists Features and I would like pursue this further, if that is still possible?

    Thanks

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