Chad Hasegawa

Known for his gestural imagery of grizzly bears and artistic heroes, painter Chad Hasegawa elevates the medium of ordinary house paint into the fine art realm with his beautiful paintings. Taking influence from graffiti and mural art, the San Francisco-based artist creates his portraits and figures with a heavy hand akin to the Abstract Expressi...

Known for his gestural imagery of grizzly bears and artistic heroes, painter Chad Hasegawa elevates the medium of ordinary house paint into the fine art realm with his beautiful paintings. Taking influence from graffiti and mural art, the San Francisco-based artist creates his portraits and figures with a heavy hand akin to the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s. Completely self-taught, Hasegawa has developed a multi-layered style of mixing tones and shades that is enigmatic on canvas as it is on the street.

 

Kasegawa first made waves in the street art world with his series of majestic bears, painted with chunky brick-like marks and drips that intertwine to make dimensional tonality.  Leaving a career in advertising, Kasegawa focused on creating murals in San Francisco. Like the work of Claude Monet, his mark making is aggressive and abstract up close, but softer and unified when viewed from afar. Using bucket paint and a flat brush, he is able to create an abstract style that is as fitting in the street art realm as it is amongst the work of his favorite Ab Ex artists like Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell.

 

The artists who have influenced and shaped Kasegawa’s trajectory became the focus of his series painted while the artist in residence at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The artists depicted, such as Keith Haring and Joan Mitchell, had such an integral influence on Kasegawa, that he has painted their faces as if they were self portraits. His unique mix of oversized brushes and latex paint has made Kasegawa an artist to watch.

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