Galleries of Contemporary Art
PLAY: Sean O'Meallie & Jason Chase

(L) Sean O'Meallie, Punch Party (The Wave Series), painted wood, 2014 / (R) Jason Chase, Big Wheel, oil on canvas, 2013

PLAY: Sean O'Meallie & Jason Chase

October 24–December 13, 2014


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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jason Chase received his bachelor's degree from UCCS in 2000 and a master's in fine arts from Boston University in 2003 where he studied with artist John Walker. Chase has exhibited in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. He is currently represented in Boston by the Gold (Au) Gallery on Tremont Street. He teaches college-level drawing and painting in Boston and the surrounding area.

"I was raised by a television in suburban America -- tuned in to all the big, bold, shiny things being sold in big, bold, shiny commercials," Chase said. "One of my first memories is the colors of the cereal aisle flashing by as I rode in my mom's grocery cart. I still see things this way. I'm more likely to notice an ad on the side of the highway than the forest behind it. We all try to isolate ourselves from the unfamiliar. I'm exploring it with these works."

Sean O'Meallie is from New Orleans. He studied art at the University of New Orleans and served as assistant to noted artist Ida Kohlmeyer. For 10 years he worked in New York City as a toy inventor for the international marketplace. O'Meallie moved to Colorado in 1977 and taught studio art at UCCS for nine years.

"In my work I usually draw on intellectual, visual and spatial opportunities presented by circumstance to communicate possibility," O'Meallie said. "In this, I employ the semiotics of popular culture, human perception and habituation in self-conscious ways."

O'Meallie's sculptures have been exhibited and toured in the U.S. and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in New York City, The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, Ark., The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo. His monumental sculpture "Cowboy Pajamas," a 20-foot painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with his guns drawn, is permanently installed in downtown Denver. In 2011, O'Meallie created The Manitou Chair Project, a half-mile long outdoor installation utilizing the people, townscape and possessions of the residents of Manitou Springs.