From Art Tennessee Star Journal -
For my first art column and in deference to the upcoming anniversary of the terrorist attacks, I decided to showcase an artist whose series "The Foundations of Freedom" is a truly brilliant artistic comment upon our American institutions. Rod Chase was born a Canadian, married an American, and his recent naturalization became his inspiration for the series. Each painting in the series depicts a scene from our capital Washington DC –the White House, the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, and the Supreme Court Building.
Chase's work is a perfect example of photo-realism, an artistic movement which began in the 1960s. It is a reaction against the previous generation's abstract expressionism of the Modernist Era. Chase is purely Postmodern. One will not find obscure interpretations of nearly unidentifiable objects which so captivated mid-twentieth century artists. His work appeals to a broader audience. He pays painstaking attention to detail, and each work requires an enormous amount of research and preparation. Hundreds of photographs are taken of the subject in various times-of-day and season. [continued...]
From Art World News
Rod Chase, photo-realist painter of landscape and architecture, sets out to recapture personal emotions evoked through viewing his work. In his first series published by Somerset House Publishing, Houston, he created paintings of landmark buildings around Washington DC, in an effort to take the well-known images and give them a new life by showing the beauty that may not have been seen before.Art World News - Rod Chase: Paintings to Evoke New Emotions