Paintings of William Chaiken to be Shown at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ (June 25, 2007) – William Chaiken, who has been painting for over 70 years, will exhibit his paintings of acrylic on paper and canvas at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery from August 29 to September 28, 2007. A reception will be held on Sunday, September 16 from 2-4:30 p.m.
This will be Chaiken’s 27th one-man show, and it marks his third exhibition at the Edward Williams Gallery. He has previously shown in the gallery in 1974 and 1978.
Starting out with an abstract background, he creates imagery which reflects the interior view of his world. He believes his work shows his Russian Jewish roots in its color and mysticism.
“I find it difficult to describe what I do, as I believe the essence of a painting lies in what cannot be expressed in words,” Chaiken wrote in a statement for this exhibit. “It is this essence, my essence, that I have striven always to find and capture, and the extent to which I have succeeded lies in the painting.”
Born in Russia in 1921, Chaiken emigrated with his family to Canada in 1926. He studied at the Winnipeg School of Art and later at the Art Students League in New York City. He became a United States citizen in 1960.
In addition to producing his own work, Chaiken has painted scenery for Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Music Hall, Baryshnikov’s American Ballet Theater, Disneyland, motion pictures, and television. Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, Bob Fosse, and Francis Ford Coppola were mong the directors of films for which he painted sets. The opportunities Chaiken had to work on location abroad provided him with a view of the people and culture of those countries, which is reflected in his artwork.
The Gallery in Edward Williams Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus is located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack. The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 201-692-7028.
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