When Boise oil painter Charles Gill talks chips, he doesn't mean potato or chocolate. Gill's latest series of works, which features titles like Chip 101 and Chip 107, opens Friday, Feb. 26, at Stewart Gallery. The series is more abstract than some of Gill's other recent work, which has included realistic portraits of old dolls or tree-shaded houses. The Chip pieces feature canvases daubed with large squares of bright and muted colors that look almost like a neat-freak's easel. In his artist statement on the Stewart Gallery Web site, Gill describes his inspirations in the following way:
"I am inspired by close observation of the most ordinary aspects of my immediate surroundings, the here and now, the quotidian stuff of every day. Mow the lawn. Clean the garage. Paint a picture: sober little strokes, scrapes, swipes and smears of colored mud accumulate like thousands upon thousands of otherwise unremarkable moments."
To check out Gill's Chip series, and maybe munch on a few of the edible variety, hit up the Stewart Gallery on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Gill will give a special artist's talk at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m., FREE, Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson, 208-433-0593, stewartgallery.com.