Laurence Chandler Fine Art

Washington, D.C. 1 Sale On Etsy since 2019


Laurence Chandler Fine Art

Washington, D.C. | 1 Sale

Laurence Chandler

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Laurence Chandler

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Welcome to my ETSY shop: Laurence Chandler Shop.

I invite you to visit my website: which showcases my work -- from originals and limited-editions to my collection of custom-made fashion Scarves and Men's pocket squares. You'll also see my email and other contact information.

This ETSY shop and my website are opportunities for me to share with you my art, which I am more passionate about today than ever. I work full-time as a painter and work from my private studio in the Washington-DC metro area. Feel free to send me a direct message or email, and check out my postings on Facebook and Instagram.


My interest in art was evident at an early age. My parents and teachers recognized my creative talent and encouraged me to study art. Formally trained thanks to a full scholarship, I earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1968), Baltimore, MD., and a master's degree in education from Coppin State University (1976), Baltimore, MD.

Early in my career, I worked as a graphic designer at several U.S. Federal agencies and in corporate advertising. Through my own business, I developed a good reputation as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for clients such as Howard University, the District of Columbia government and IBM.

As an Abstract Expressionist, I create mixed-media paintings using fabric, wire, acrylic, paper and found objects on paper and canvas. My paintings are well-crafted works, characterized not only by careful attention to color, form, line and composition, but also highly improvisational and spontaneous techniques. My paintings, like free-form jazz and poetry, suggest human emotions, a narrative, experience or drama, and invite viewers to become interwoven in my art.

My work, both figurative and abstract, is spiritual, colorful, uplifting and provocative, giving it universal appeal. My themes focus on family, political change, cultural experiences and tradition.

I have produced a wide-ranging body of work that is in public and private U.S. collections. My work has been acknowledged in select juried venues and exhibitions in the Washington-DC metro area, Tennessee and California. And, I have self-published numerous works.

When looking to the influence of other artists, I have enormous respect for Abstract, Expressionist, collage and color-field painters. Chief among them are Varnette Honeywood, Sam Gilliam, Jackson Pollock, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Picasso and Peter Paul Rubens.


"To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world of the imagination. And, my goal is to capture the essence of things unseen, and to draw viewers into my magic circle of creation, allowing them to experience something of the thrill of 'making,' which once had been my privilege as an artist. The experience is both visceral and cerebral...explosively energetic and pensive.

Like the early vanguard of Abstract Expressionists -- among them, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko -- I value spontaneity and improvisation, and accord the highest importance to process. The hallmark of my style is an emphasis on my own improvisational techniques, and expressionistic use of color, line, form, texture and space to represent things that are not visual such as an emotion, sound, place, event or spiritual experience.

I am always exploring new avenues of expression and work with a variety of media -- fabric, wire, acrylics, paper or found objects -- which further enhances my expressionism. I use both conventional painters' tools -- bristle brushes -- and unconventional implements -- spray bottles, hair combs and kitchen utensils. And, I have come to discover that my work relates to the rhythms and syncopations of free-form jazz and poetry, to visual ideas found in quotidian objects, and to various rhythms found in nature and the cosmos."

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  • Laurence Chandler

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    Chandler is an an American painter & recognized figure in Contemporary Abstract Expressionism. His paintings, like free-form jazz & poetry, suggest human emotions, a narrative, experience or drama & invite viewers to become interwoven in his art.

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