Melissa Chandon

BIOGRAPHY

With animated, Pop-inspired colors and pared-down compositions, Melissa Chandon’s paintings push everyday scenes toward the brink of imaginative, dynamic abstraction. In her vibrant, graphic world infused with California light, landscape breaks down into basic elements—what she calls “core essence”—while shadows and reflections take on a life of their own. 

Melissa Chandon has been influenced by several artists including David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Richard Deibenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud was also a most valuable mentor and encouraged her to push forward with examination and determination. Thiebaud said of Chandon’s work: “She has developed an effective synthesis of abstract and representational elements in her works. This gives the works an intensity and raw graphic power to behold.”

Chandon received a BFA from Santa Clara University in California with an emphasis in painting and philosophy. Her MFA was received from Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chandon has devoted herself full time to painting since 1996. She began teaching at UC Davis in 2009 and since 2013 has taught Design there. In addition, Chandon has taught numerous plein-air workshops in the U.S., France and Mexico. Chandon has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout California and the Southwest. Her paintings are found in public, private and corporate collections including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Napa Valley Museum of Art, the Triton Museum of Art, and the private collections of Queen Raina Al Abdullah of Jordan and Al Gore.

Born 1952, Biloxi, MS

EDUCATION

2011
MFA, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA

1975
BA, Santa Clare University, Santa Clare, CA 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, A Moment of Time, San Francisco, CA 

2018
Skidmore Contemporary Gallery, Far and Beyond, Santa Monica, CA 

2017
J Willott Gallery, Off the Highway, Palm Desert, CA
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New Works, San Francisco, CA
Skidmore Contemporary Art, Melissa Chandon: Six Pools, Santa Monica, CA
Terzian Galleries, New Works, Park City, UT

2016
Skidmore Contemporary Art, American Weekend, Santa Monica, CA
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, From Here to There, San Francisco, CA 

2015
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, American Holiday, St. Helena, CA

2014
The Consortium for Women and Research, Davis Feminist Film Festival, Featured Keynote speakers Keep on Truckin,’ Eureka, CA
Morris Graves Museum, Keep on Truckin’, Eureka, CA
Campton Gallery, New York, NY
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, American Vacation, San Francisco, CA 

2013
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, California Dreamin’, San Francisco, CA
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New Works, St Helena, CA 

2012
Campton Gallery, New Works, New York, NY
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA 

2011
Campton Gallery, New York, NY
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA 

2010
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009
Morris Graves Museum, A Complimentary Compilation, Eureka, CA

2008
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
I Wolk Gallery, St Helena, CA
J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2007
Morris Graves Museum, Melissa Chandon: LandMarks, Eureka CA
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Terzian Galleries, Park City, UT
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

2005
Phoenix Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2004
Phoenix Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2000
Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Memories of a New Future, Yolo County Arts Council, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME

2018
Napa Valley Museum of Art, California Dreamin,’ Yountville, CA
Tasende Gallery, Figure and Image, La Jolla, CA

2017
UC Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 116 Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Artist for Peace
Terzian Galleries, From California With Love
Morris Graves Museum of Art, From the Collection: New Acquisitions, Eureka, CA
John Natsoulas Gallery, Art of Painting in the 21st Century, Davis, CA
Hagen Museum, Delta Forever, Stockton, CA
University of California, Davis Art Department Basement Gallery, Faculty Show, “Educere,” Davis, CA 

2016
Equity, A Film by Meera Menon, Broad Street Pictures
Sacramento State University Library Art Gallery, Delta Forever, Sacramento, CA 

2015
Electronic Art Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CA
Media Motion, Glenda Drew and Friends, Davis, CA
Delta Protection Commission, State of California, Delta Forever, West Sacramento, CA
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, California Landscape Exhibition, Davis, CA 

2014
William D. Cannon Gallery, Common Thread: Traversing the American Landscape, Carlsbad, CA
Morris Graves Museum, This Land is Your Land, Eureka, CA
Sue Greenwood Fine Art, American Flashback, Laguna Beach, CA 

2013
Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Central Valley Threads, Keep on Truckin,’ Merced, CA
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, University Hall Gallery, OBJECTIFIED, Boston, MA
Pence Gallery, Home is: Artists Reflect on the Meaning of Place, Davis, CA 

2012
Begovich Gallery, California State University, Common Thread: Traversing the American Landscape, Fullerton, CA 

2010
Sullivan Goss an American Gallery, Small Works, Santa Barbara, CA
I Wolk Gallery, St Helena, CA
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Water Street Gallery, Chicago, IL 

2009
Sullivan Goss An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
I Wolk Gallery, St Helena, CA
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Pence Gallery in conjunction with University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

2008
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

2007
Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Art Santa Fe, July – John Natsoulas Gallery – An International Contemporary Art Fair, Santa Fe, NM
Exhibition de Paysages du Perche à la Galerie ď air ď Alan Gaubert, Mondoubleau, France 

2006
University of California, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA, Flatlanders: A Regional Roundup, A survey exhibition of forty-six artist’s residing in the Sacramento-Davis-Woodland, Davis, CA
John Natsoulas Gallery, Sacramento Valley Landscape, Davis, CA
Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA 

2005
John Natsoulas Gallery, Sacramento Valley Landscape, Davis, CA

2003
Center for Contemporary Art, CowTown, Sacramento, CA
Yolo County Arts Council, Pieces of the Puzzle, Woodland, CA
University of California, Davis Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, Davis, CA, Pieces of the Puzzle, Sacramento Valley Landscapes, Davis, CA

2000
Sacramento Métropolitain Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
Smith Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

1999
Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
ArtScape West International, San Francisco, CA
Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Morgan Flagg Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA.
Morris Graves Museum
Napa Valley Museum
Chevy Chase
Morris Graves Museum
Triton Museum of Art
University of California, Davis Medical Center
University of California, Shields Library
Greg Kondos Museum, Sacramento City College
Queen Raina Al Abdullah of Jordan
Alderwood Business Park, Seattle
Jan Jones Collection, Mayor of Las Vegas
Alan Gauber, Mondoubleau, France
Rudd Vineyard and Winery
Woodland Medical Clinic Hospital
Schumaker Oil Collection
Tower Corporation: Russ Solomon
Ward Carry Collection
William Nicholson Collection
Trish and George Vandenburg
Nancy Gilbert
True Religion Brand Jeans