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In his first lithographs, Chester Arnold defines the landscape and cityscape as they are redefined by the effects of contemporary culture. As in his recent paintings, Arnold translates into art his concerns about the explorative and exploitive nature of mankind. There is, as Arnold says, a dualism to his purpose: on the one hand, he has strong moral convictions about the world and the environment, and on the other, he is seduced by the materials of his art. Arnold draws inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s shift to naturalism among the German Expressionists as well as from Piranesi's use of dizzying perspectives.
Arnold had a solo exhibition at the Susan Cummins Gallery in Mill Valley, California, November 2-28, 1998; he has had recent exhibitions at the George Adams Gallery, New York, the De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, and the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
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