Jerry Wellman

Jerry Wellman’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City, Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, The Downey Museum, and The Orange County Center of Contemporary Art in California, The El Paso Museum of Art, and The Revolving Museum in Boston. His drawings were selected for a traveling show sponsored by the Smithsonian.  A sculptural installation “Emblems of Hidden Durations” was created for the College of Santa Fe outdoor sculpture series. Another sculptural installation “Tentative Phantom of the Clouds” was commissioned by the city of West Hollywood. The L.A. Weekly selected him to be a featured artist at the Los Angeles Art Expo.

 His video animation work has been presented at the Dallas International Video Festival, The Santa Fe International Film festival, The Kidseye festival in Newport RI and won 1st place at the Magnifico Exhibitions at the Albuquerque Museum. Most recently Wellman co-produced a series of animated interstitials with PBS affiliate KNME-TV.

Other awards of note include: Art Matters Foundation Grant, Art Matters Inc. New York City NY.  LINE Grant sponsored by the NEA and the state of New York Arts Council; to publish a book of writing and drawing. Disney Scholarship, CALARTS, Valencia, Critics Pick Santa Fe Reporter August 2004  


Among his published work; Harvard University Press, catalog illustration, NADA Magazine, Chicago IL, Shadows by Jerry Wellman; a book of writing and illustration, and the quarterly, American Painting. In March 2004 his second book of essays and illustrations, What To Do With A Dead Piñon. Reviews have included the LA Reporter, The LA Weekly, The Pasatiempo, The Santa Fean, The Wild Heart Journal and many others.


Wellman has taught at the Pasadena College of Art and Design, CalArts, and New Mexico State University. He was formerly the head curator at Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. He is the co-founder, co-director and co-curator of Axle Contemporary Art Gallery.  Click here to download a pdf of his C.V.

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Matthew Chase-Daniel

Matthew Chase-Daniel (né Chase) was born in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1965, spent his first year in the green pastures of Harvard University, then headed down to New York City through the remaining years of the 1960’s.  In 1970 he headed north with his family to the rolling hills below the Berkshire Mountains where he raised tadpoles, minnows, and a raccoon, learned to fall off a horse, and hunt morels, wild violets, and rainbow trout.  Following several harrowing years in an exclusive New England prep school, he reeducated himself through exhaustive readings of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Ram Dass, and found his way to the Ojai Foundation where he spent a year studying Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Lakota Sweat Lodge ritual, and Northwest Coast carving, while growing his hair into ragged dreadlocks, eating macrobiotic food, and wearing bedsheets in the style of a South Indian ascetic monk. In the mid and late 1980’s, Chase-Daniel spent three years at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York (B.A.), and three years in Paris, France, where he studied cultural anthropology, photography, ethnographic film production (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes & Sorbonne), and how to speak mellifluously in French. Since 1989, he has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, renovating old houses, growing green chard, and making family and art.

His photography and sculpture have been exhibited across the U.S. and in Europe and Japan.  He has created public art projects in New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Italy, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  He is represented in Santa Monica, California by Craig Krull Gallery.  He is the co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of Axle Contemporary.  Click here to download a pdf of his C.V.

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