Artist Rod Chase is known for his photo-realistic way of capturing some of our nation’s most iconic places in paint. He has also explored other areas of American culture and crossed borders to Europe. Chase uses acrylics on canvas, often backing the canvas with board. Unlike most artists who block in color and rework the painting time after time, Chase completes each section of the painting before moving on to the next. Although he works almost exclusively from photographs, he takes artistic license by moving trees, branches or lights to enhance the composition as a whole. The result is imagery that is almost intoxicatingly beautiful- real enough to be instantly recognizable while soft enough to be romantic. Chase has paintings to interest nearly every fine art follower. Clicking on any image below will take you directly to our online gallery for additional information and pricing.
Rod Chase pored over hundreds of old photographs at the National Archives in order to locate the background materials required for “America’s Home.” As a result of this due diligence, “America’s Home” elegantly reflects the White House of yesteryear, making it an exquisite addition to the artist’s “Foundation of Freedom” series and an inviting piece for any collector of patriotic art. “America’s Home” is one of Rod Chase’s most sought-after pieces.
Available Editions: 20″ x 30″ signed and numbered limited edition
“Dawn’s Early Light” is a striking example of Rod Chase’s ability to make a simple monument so very elegant. Chase spent days researching and photographing the Washington Monument. This 555-foot-tall obelisk, built at intervals between 1848 and 1885, memorializes George Washington’s loyalty and devotion to principle and country. It also highlights the clean perfection of this national icon without other noisy distractions. The reflecting pool’s mirror image heightens the drama.
Available Editions: signed and numbered limited edition artist’s proof on paper
In preparing to paint “Justice for All“, the artist traveled to Washington, D. C., and visited the Supreme Court both in the morning and at twilight to study the detailing in the structure, the color of the building and its surroundings and to take detailed photographs of the area. The snow in the foreground of this painting is simply amazing – crunchy and crystalline – and reminds Chase of his boyhood in Canada, where snow like this was a constant companion. Setting the painting in the evening allowed Chase to depict the building without the throngs of people normally swarming in daylight hours, as well as adding the beautiful warmth of lamplight.
“As a hyper-realist painter, I am dependent on finding accurate reference materials for each painting. It is not always easy, but I’ve found the National Archives to be a treasure trove – especially for early photos of Washington. I especially enjoyed working out how to feature the gas lights. Although the Capitol dome was lighted by electricity in 1919, the lamps outside were gas, giving the whole scene a misty, moody glow.” -Rod Chase
Although Rod Chase pursued a slightly historic angle in this piece, it is utterly timeless, and would look great as an accent to many styles of decor. The low-angle perspective and blanket of fog perfectly cushions the Capitol as the centerpiece. Nostalgia and pride immediately spring forth when taking this stunning piece in. “Land of Liberty” is sure to never go out of style.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall contains the names of 58,226 men and women who were killed and remain missing from that war. The names are etched on the black granite panels that compose the Wall, and the panels are arranged into two arms, extending from a central point to form a wide angle. The names are listed in the order in which the men and women died or were declared mission. The first death was recorded in 1959 and the last in 1975. More than 500 individual names are readable in the Chase painting, which is inspired by the photography of Larry Powell. Emotion and gratitude pour out of this “Line of Duty“, which is a beautiful tribute appropriate for many settings.
“Acorn Street, which is pictured in “Old Glory”, is a narrow lane within Beacon Hill that is paved with cobblestones. It is often mentioned as the most picturesque street in Boston. At twilight, the focal point of the whole street is the flag which literally glows in the dimming light. Elements in a painting are sometimes changed for both metaphoric and aesthetic reasons. The street light on the upper left is not lighted. This I did to keep the eye traveling to the interior of the lane. If it had been lit, it would have shown off all the brick walls around it taking the viewer to that area rather than down the lane to Old Glory.” – Rod Chase
A careful inspection of “Old Glory” will indeed reveal that Rod Chase took the time to set up the piece just right. The attractiveness of the entire scene is undeniable, but your eye is first drawn to that dangling American flag. In the way of true artists, Chase has anticipated the viewer’s needs and painted accordingly. “Old Glory” would be right at home with nearly anyone, accommodating those who lovers of architecture, Americana, the East Coast, and plain old pretty scenes alike.
After 11 paintings in the Foundations of Freedom series, artist Rod Chase moved on to New York City. Again he has found just the right spot – the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park with the Plaza Hotel in the background. Twinkling lights from the city’s windows reflect on the dark water in the foreground contrasting their warmth with the crisp cold of a winter evening. Another contrast is evident: the city is alive with activity and yet, it is completely silent and serene from our vantage point in “Twilight in Central Park”. “Twilight in Central Park” has become Rod Chase’s most popular limited edition print release. Something about the snow-laden ground and the still water juxtaposed against the glowy sky scrapers speaks to many.
In Italian, a trail is called a “sentiero”. The one that connects the five villages of the Cinque Terre is the famous Sentiero No. 2 or Sentiero Azzuro. The five towns are unique and afford fabulous views from land and sea. From the sea, the towns resemble a sparkling necklace decorating the interesting Italian coast. Since the thirties, the portion of the trail connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola (the southern- most section of the Sentiero Azzuro) has been called the Via dell’Amore or The Lover’s Road. It certainly is particularly beautiful with romantic views. In “Via dell’Amore“, Rod Chase captures the view from this magical vista with characteristic beauty and careful attention to detail. This piece is perfect for anyone with a fond memory of time spent in Italy or those who long to someday make the trip.
Available Editions: 30″ x 18″ signed and numbered limited edition
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