21 Over 31 | Wendy Chidester

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

Adding machines, lunch boxes, record players, and old suitcases are a few of Wendy Chidester’s favorite things. “I love painting anything that has been replaced and forgotten,” the Utah artist says. She gathers subject matter for her contemporary still lifes everywhere she can, from antique shops to city streets. She once came across a man cleaning out an old hotel; when he discarded an old mimeograph machine, she scooped it up and hauled it back to her studio. Chidester discovered the movie projector that is the star of BELL & HOWELL FILMO MASTER 400 at an antique shop near Palm Desert, CA. “I have so much stuff, I could open an antique stop,” she jokes.

Chidester has a bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Utah. She is represented by Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, and Park City, UT; Williams Fine Art Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT; Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM; and www.wendychidester.com.

Featured in our annual “21 Over 31” issue in November 2009