Paul Chester

Abstract Forest with gradient blue sky to bright white over a forest of green, yellow, and red brush strokes.

Forest Light, 2023, oil on panel


About the Artist:

Inspired by the horizons, waterscapes, and rolling hills that surround his studio in Southeastern Ontario, the contemporary landscapes of Paul Chester are in the tradition of Canada’s Impressionists, though tempered by a modern sensibility. Paul studied painting and sculpture in Toronto and Paris, and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1992.

Using oil as his primary medium, Chester builds the surfaces of his wood panels and canvases with many layers of paint and glazes. The physicality in the treatment of these canvases is closely connected to Chester’s sculptural experience and sustained relationship with his natural surroundings. Lines are often scratched and carved into the paint, exposing the ground layers beneath. Luminosity is the essential element that threads Chester’s works together. His paintings are not individually derived from specific locations but rather, are suggested fragments of recollection; glimpses of memory. Paul Chester has had 37 solo exhibitions and over 45 group shows across Canada, the United States and London, England, and is currently represented by 10 galleries.

“The subjects of my oil paintings are restful places and retreats found in the natural landscape – country fields, flowers, forests, horizons, clouds and waterscapes. These impressions are painted from memory and the experience of that moment – they are my visual diaries; peaceful mementos celebrating beauty.” – Paul Chester


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Studio image of the interior of the artists studio with works displayed.

Studio: interior of Paul Chester’s Studio. Shared location with Corina Kiefert Chester












Studio Location: Tour Stop 26


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Carol Forbes, Indwelling, 2022, mixed media, 36" x 36" (from the 2022 exhibition: Between the Lines)

It’s All About ART: Preview Exhibition

Oct 6, 2023 to Oct 22, 2023

Selections: 39th Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

Stephanie Ford Forrester, Northland Harmony, 2022 textile, painted cotton & batiks

It’s All About ART Online Auction Preview

Jenny Kastner, Haze, acrylic on canvas

Miguel Hernandez Autorino, Why I Left, 2022, oil on canvas KAST 2022 Selections Exhibition

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Jul 9, 2022 to Oct 2, 2022

It’s All About ART Online Auction Preview

Bronson Smith - All about Art Online Auction 2021

Installation view of KAST Selections exhibition. From Left: Paul Nabuurs, Bronson Smith, David Hickey

Jane LowBeer, String Theory, 2015, monotype on paper, 22" x 28"

Selections: 36th Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour Exhibition

Left: Leanne Baird, Forest Light, 2020, acrylic on canvas; Right: Victoria Wallace, Silhouette Series: #10, 12, 20, 21, 2019, encaustic, ink and oil pastel

Rowena Dykins, Lynn River, 2012

Leanne Baird, Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour, 2016

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

John Climenhage, Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour, 2014

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Sep 19, 2014 to Oct 19, 2014

Regular Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is by Donation.

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