Harry B. Chandler

Harry B. Chandler

Artist Statement

I LOVE L.A. Really. 

I grew up and live in this city. I am a 5th generation Angelino on both my Chandler (paternal) and Brant (maternal) sides. My ancestors arrived in the 1880’s when Los Angeles was a town of a few thousand. They helped grow it into a great city. I am trying to do my part to both make it an even better place (I chair RiverLA, the non profit group that is helping to transform the L.A. River and its 51-mile corridor) and celebrate L.A. imageryin my art and collecting.

Some of the themes for my Los Angeles-art making focus have been magic, impermanence, myth making, cultural diversity, and the iconic landscapes and people. 

 My color palette has been influenced by the bright, saturated warm tones in this city of sunshine. They speak of optimism and passion to me.  

 LA’s as subject matter has always captivated me. I revel in the fun, sexy, noir, irreverent, iconographic images of Southern California. Cars, freeways, swimming pools, beaches, Hollywood, starlets. And I am excited by the amazing cultural diversity here where we have the most ethnically varied populations, food offerings, celebrations anywhere.   I have photographed many events, landscapes and people here. Check out my Dreams in Dream City book. And collected historical photos for decades. In my previous careers I worked in L.A.’s signature industries: entertainment and technology.

 L.A. continues to be my muse and my subject. For my Autopia series, I invented mythical Southern California urban landscapes where I painted saturated-color, agricultural fields over aerial photos of the curvy freeway interchanges. For my Water’s Edgeseries, I chose an aerial perspective on swimming pools adorned with bathers and floaters. For my MashUpseries, I took famous landscape paintings from history and remixed them with California landscape icons. Coming soon will be aerial paintings of beaches, a mixed media homage to 35mm cinema and my days working as a Hollywood producer, and some kinetic art. 

 A few years ago, I moved into a big new studio in DTLA.  The spigot has been opened up now that I am in my third-act. Stay tuned.