Chad M. Olsen

chad m. olsen (b. 1983)

I am an abstract painter that creates atmospheres of nothing. In general, the painting atmospheres I create are reminiscent of landscapes and environments from my past that I dwell upon from time to time. Color arouses the nostalgia.

I admit, when I paint, I do not necessarily anticipate the outcome. What is important is the act of painting, because it allows me the opportunity to comprehend and understand the work. It is my meditation. It is when I’m most vulnerable.

Chad M. Olsen creates two separate worlds of formalist minimalist atmospheres and abstract landscape atmospheres. The creation of the two aesthetics were inspired by Chad’s love of nature, and more specifically growing up admiring the minimalist landscape of the Great Plains of Nebraska. Color, texture, painting surface and living light are the main variables that Chad is most interested in exploring within his painting.

Chad M. Olsen was born April 25th, 1983 in Lincoln, Nebraska. His formal training includes a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts in May 2010. While completing his BFA, he was fortunate to complete mentorships with prominent national artists Aaron Holz and Keith Jacobshagen. Both Aaron Holz and Keith Jacobshagen’s painting style and process have helped influence Chad’s painting aesthetic and overall approach to art.

In October 2011, Chad had his first national solo exhibition entitled “The Tulip Series” in Hoboken, New Jersey. In July 2013, he moved to New York City in pursuit of becoming a prominent national and internationally recognized artist. In May 2016, Chad began to be represented by Kiechel Fine Art Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chad presented his first solo exhibition at Kiechel Fine Art titled “What’s Nebraska Like, Babe?” in September 2018. He has also participated in solo and group shows in Colorado, Nebraska, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has work in private collections across the country, and is in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum.

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