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Lanham artist's abstracts featured at Reagan National Airport


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Courtesy photo. “By Sun and Southern Wind”  by abstract expressionist Laurence Chandler of Lanham is on display at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Courtesy photo. “By Sun and Southern Wind” by abstract expressionist Laurence Chandler of Lanham is on display at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Published on: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

By Wanda Jackson

Abstract expressionist Laurence Chandler, known for mixed-media abstract works, is currently featured in Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Sponsored by The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the exhibition, “MICA Takes Flight,” showcases the work of Washington, D.C.-area MICA alumni through Feb. 28 near JET Blue in Terminal A, Gallery Walk. Two of Chandler’s works — “Between the World and Me” and “By Sun and Southern Wind” — were selected for the exhibition.

Chandler said he has always had a passion for art and finds himself in admiration of those who give free rein to impulse and chance. He admires iconic artists Sam Gilliam, Jackson Pollock, Romare Bearden and Peter Paul Rubens and musicians Miles Davis and Bob James.

“They are the pioneering abstract expressionists, the jazz greats and insightful poets,” he said. “So, too, I focus on the active process of artistic creation rather than the end product.”

Chandler uses improvisational techniques and expressionist use of color, texture, form and space to express feelings, emotions, places or events in his distinguished work.

“I am always exploring new avenues of expression and work with a variety of media, which further enhances my expressionism,” he said. “In my works, my goal is to take the viewer on a journey of discovery, to provoke thought and to convey beauty and cultural experiences.”

Chandler’s works are in numerous private collections and in addition to his studio can be found in Washington, D.C. metro area galleries.

Chandler’s works can be viewed by appointment at his Lanham studio or online at laurencechandlerfineart.com. Call 301-794-8480 for additional information.

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