Paul Chester

A landscape scene; a large body of water with a tree covered peninsula, the water is textured with whites and grey, and there are dark clouds in the sky that cover a blue forested horizon line.

Paul Chester
Title: The Lake in November Date: 2023
Medium: oil on canvas


Tour Stop: 26


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.

I am inspired by my natural environment: country fields, flowers, rolling hills, forests, horizons, cloud formations, and waterscapes. My paintings are emotional responses to, or poetic expressions of, what I see in the area that surrounds my home and studio. Somewhat ethereal in nature, images of landscapes and water are painted mostly from memory to reflect the experience of that moment. I enjoy using oil paint because it lends itself to being scraped and scratched to reveal the colours beneath.” – Paul Chester


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The interior of the artist’s studio; a large open room with the walls arranged with multiple painted works by the artist, there are tables with works displayed on them around the perimeter of the room. The interior of the artist’s studio; a wall arranged with multiple painted works, there are tables against the wall with canvas stored underneath.


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It’s All About ART: Preview Exhibition

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

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Haze, acrylic on canvas

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

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

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Jul 9, 2022 to Oct 2, 2022

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Bronson Smith - All about Art Online Auction 2021

Selections: 37th Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour Exhibition

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

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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

33rd Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Lynn River, 2012

32nd Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour – Selections

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

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