Todd Chilton
American, born 1977
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2013
Feature Inc. at NADA Miami Beach 2013,
Feature Inc.

Todd Chilton’s brightly colored oil-on-linen paintings draw on the tradition of geometric abstraction, but depart from it in the artist’s insistence on the imperfection of his forms. Chilton paints busy abstract patterns dense with irregular shapes, thick horizontal lines, and interlocking triangles. He begins by making thumbnail drawings of patterns in notebooks before starting on his linen surfaces, covering them from edge to edge. Usually his works end up differently from how he imagined them; “frequently there are layers of paint underneath,” he has said, “whether it’s a different pattern or drawing, the colors weren’t working, or the surface wasn’t right.”

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