The Saffron Road

Gregg Chadwick
Between the Mountains and the Clouds Triptych (Center Panel)
40"x120"oil on linen 2016
Part of an ongoing series of artworks about seeking peace and justice in a world in need of harmony. The mountain peaks of Northern Thailand, rising above the city of Chiang Mai, are often caught in an early morning sea of fog. My painting is set in this mist shrouded landscape. A group of Buddhist monks in saffron robes appear and then seem to merge with the air. The color of their robes is considered the color of illumination or satori — the highest wisdom.
Gregg Chadwick
Between the Mountains and the Clouds Triptych (Center Panel)
40"x120"oil on linen 2016
Part of an ongoing series of artworks about seeking peace and justice in a world in need of harmony. The mountain peaks of Northern Thailand, rising above the city of Chiang Mai, are often caught in an early morning sea of fog. My painting is set in this mist shrouded landscape. A group of Buddhist monks in saffron robes appear and then seem to merge with the air. The color of their robes is considered the color of illumination or satori — the highest wisdom.
Gregg Chadwick
Spring Buddha
40"x28" oil on linen 2012
Private Collection, Los Angeles

Gregg Chadwick
Spring Buddha
40"x28" oil on linen 2012
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Gregg Chadwick
Steps of Time
30"x24" oil on linen 2020

Gregg Chadwick
Steps of Time
30"x24" oil on linen 2020
Buddha of Kamakura
36"x48"oil on linen 2009
Private Collection, Los Angeles

Buddha of Kamakura
36"x48"oil on linen 2009
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Gregg Chadwick
The Crossing
72"x48" oil on linen 2004
Kimpton Collection, San Francisco

Gregg Chadwick
The Crossing
72"x48" oil on linen 2004
Kimpton Collection, San Francisco
Gregg Chadwick
Empire
72"x36" oil on paper on canvas 2010
Private Collection, Los Angeles

Gregg Chadwick
Empire
72"x36" oil on paper on canvas 2010
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Gregg Chadwick
Monk Station (Montréal)
30"x30"oil on linen 2020

Gregg Chadwick
Monk Station (Montréal)
30"x30"oil on linen 2020


Gregg Chadwick 
Buddha of Roseburg
8"x6" oil on panel 2015
Exhibited and Sold at Art & Home: An Evening with LA Family Housing to benefit LA Family Housing.
October 21, 2015 7-9pm

Gregg Chadwick
Buddha of Roseburg
8"x6" oil on panel 2015
Exhibited and Sold at Art & Home: An Evening with LA Family Housing to benefit LA Family Housing.
October 21, 2015 7-9pm
Gregg Chadwick
The Monk's Road
36"x36" oil on panel 2018
Private Collection, Sweden

Gregg Chadwick
The Monk's Road
36"x36" oil on panel 2018
Private Collection, Sweden
Gregg Chadwick
Buddha of the Adriatic
24"x18" oil on linen 2014 
Adey Nyamathi Collection, Irvine, California

Gregg Chadwick
Buddha of the Adriatic
24"x18" oil on linen 2014
Adey Nyamathi Collection, Irvine, California
Gregg Chadwick
Poem of the River
36"x29"oil on linen 2005
Private Collection, Los Angeles

Gregg Chadwick
Poem of the River
36"x29"oil on linen 2005
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Gregg Chadwick
Saffron Fireflies
7”x5” oil on panel 2019
Private Collection, Los Angeles

Gregg Chadwick
Saffron Fireflies
7”x5” oil on panel 2019
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Gregg Chadwick
Sun at Midnight
40"x30"oil on linen 2004
Private Collection, San Francisco

Gregg Chadwick
Sun at Midnight
40"x30"oil on linen 2004
Private Collection, San Francisco
Gregg Chadwick
Immersed in Silence
60"x48"oil on linen 2006
Phillips Collection, Park City, Utah

Gregg Chadwick
Immersed in Silence
60"x48"oil on linen 2006
Phillips Collection, Park City, Utah
Gregg Chadwick
Balance of Shadows
72"x96"oil on linen 2004
Private Collection, Los Angeles

Gregg Chadwick
Balance of Shadows
72"x96"oil on linen 2004
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Gregg Chadwick
Temple of the Mind
48"x24"oil on linen 2005
Private Collection, Park City, Utah

Gregg Chadwick
Temple of the Mind
48"x24"oil on linen 2005
Private Collection, Park City, Utah
Gregg Chadwick
Arlington
48"x36" oil on linen 2004
National Museum of the Marine Corps Collection, Quantico, Virginia

Gregg Chadwick
Arlington
48"x36" oil on linen 2004
National Museum of the Marine Corps Collection, Quantico, Virginia
Gregg Chadwick
Between the Mountains and the Clouds 
Triptych 
40"x120"oil on linen 2016
Private Collection, Park City, Utah

Gregg Chadwick
Between the Mountains and the Clouds
Triptych
40"x120"oil on linen 2016
Private Collection, Park City, Utah




"Gregg Chadwick paints scenes from the life of Asia that reminds us of the monastic life of pilgrimage which has been all but lost in the West."

-Ratnagarbha and Thomas Jones


from "Urthona: Journal of Buddhism and the Arts" Issue 20




"What we do know at heart—and in our most honest moments—is that what we humans cling to in our pursuit of security and reassurance is at best provisional, ephemeral, insubstantial.  What Chadwick paints for us is a disturbing, but somehow profoundly comforting vision of ourselves.  The comfort part, I would suggest, lies in our recognition of its truth."   - Peter Clothier, Time and Again




Twenty years ago in Thailand, I woke up at dawn and spent the morning quietly and carefully observing the saffron robed monks on their morning pilgrimages. On my return to the U.S. later that week I began to paint Buddhist monks, privately at first - as a form of meditation. Only later did I grasp the dharmic sense of responsibility inherit in this new body of work. I needed to paint these paintings. And I found that the audience I had developed over the years felt the need to see them also. They have given me their trust that I will create paintings that speak of our times but also provide clues to a future path into the unknown.




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