Yellow Square

Acrylic, pencil, and plaster

30″ x 18″

Signature: on the back

Retail Value: $3,500

Minimum Bid: $1,175

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Ronald Chase has been making paintings, drawings, photographs and collages for five decades. He has had exhibits all over the world; his most recent local show was in 2012 at the Don Soker Contemporary Art gallery in San Francisco. His work is in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Library of France. His largest paintings sell for about $15,000.

Last summer, at his studio on Alabama Street, the 80-year-old gave away 600 pieces of his work in 2.5 hours. He gave away drawings and photographs and collages. He gave away works that were large and small. The price for the work was free asking only that people sign a release form promising to frame it properly and not put it up for sale.

“I was hoping that some young people would have an opportunity to start a collection, young people who might not otherwise have the chance,” Chase told the SF Chronicle. “It was one of the easiest, happiest things I could do.”

Like every artist in the Bay Area, Chase is concerned about the survival of the arts in an age when the affluent collect skateboards and video games. By giving away his own work, Chase was hurling a rock against this tide.

Ronald Chase was born in 1934 in Seminole, OK. In 1956, he received his BA from Bard College and then left the US to study and travel abroad in Spain, France, and Italy. Ronald’s work is a part of public and private collections around the globe, and can be found at the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,; Norrtalje Konsthalle, Norrtalje, Sweden; and Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA; among others.



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