The Secret Gallery’s July 2019 show titled, “Human Behavior,” will include renowned Arizona painter, Colin Chillag (@colinchillag). Colin will exhibit 24 paintings of a man named Dale Irby, a school teacher who wore the same thing for his yearbook picture for 40 years.
Chillag and his work have been featured and reviewed in numerous notable publications, including Hi Fructose, Modern Painter, Beautiful/Decay Magazine, Art in America, and the LA Times. His work is included in the collections of Arizona State University Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, and Zablucowicz Collection, UK among others.
Of his Dale Irby Series, Colin says, “Most of my work in recent years has been in the genre of portraiture, both individual and group portraiture . . . I was interested in relative similarities and differences between individual identity and group or collective identity. The Dale Irby portraits fit into this schema in an interesting way since that series of paintings was in some ways a like group portrait of a single individual over time.”
Alongside Chillag will be works by distinguished mid-career artists Laura Barstow, Tyson Grumm, Joshua Jay Johnson, Jill McVarish, Kathleen Powers, Ben Killen Rosenberg, Renee Tay, and Sam Vaughan.
The common thread running throughout the show is the desire to better understand the motivations and behavior of people, especially through the use of anthropomorphism. The opening for the event will take place on July 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the show will remain open through August. In conjunction with the show, the Secret Gallery will be hosting a vegan dinner with Chef Kenneth Booth of Būsu in Astoria, which will take place on August 3 and will benefit Clatsop Animal Assistance (https://dogsncats.org/).