Whispers of Siam




Poem of the River

Gregg Chadwick, 36" x 29" oil on linen 2005



Gregg Chadwick's
Exhibition: Whispers of Siam

May 6 - June 9, 2005
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Rental & Sales Gallery


5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 856-6500

Julie Weiss, who designed the costumes for the films Frida, American
and Twelve Monkeys, recently stepped into my studio to view my new paintings. She was struck by the garments of remembrance that ran across the wall: saffron robed monks, a trio of women in kimonos, a boy in blue running across an open beach. Julie Weiss said, “ The paintings all together are like a ribbon across time and experience. We are following these monks on their journey. We see with their eyes as they pass by storefronts and streets. We are with them in fate, chance and accident.”

This ribbon began a few years ago in Thailand during a journey with my father. He was acting as a visiting lawyer involved in issues of
justice and human rights. I would scurry out at dawn to wander the
alleys of Chiang Mai and would catch the monks on their small morning pilgrimages. The morning of my last day was especially luminous. The light was almost incandescent and the blur of movement seemed to create paintings for me. I just needed to pay attention. To really see. I spent the time on the short flight to Bangkok watching a film in my mind of saffron robes glowing in the morning mist. As I waited for my connecting flight to San Francisco I caught a new clip on the television monitor. As the second plane crashed into the World Trade Center I longed for home and my son and knew that my artistic pilgrimage was just beginning. My new paintings are inspired by the whispers of Siam that I carry with me from that day. The saffron robed monks in my work are direct echoes of that experience. For me these monks are spiritual pilgrims that lead us away from the destruction and waste of violence, racism and hatred.

     — Gregg Chadwick

Whispers of Siam Exhibition


Fire by the river—

song and brandy



         Across the river:

         Headlights  Copper moon



Kent Chadwick