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JOHN CHIARA (b. 1971, San Francisco, CA) earned a B.F.A. in photography from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1995 and an M.F.A. in photography from the California College of the Arts in 2004.  

Chiara pushes the boundaries of the photographic medium through his choice of process and the mastery of its possibilities. His approach is distinguished by its incredible physicality and recalls the early days of the medium when artists dealt with heavy, awkward equipment and endured long exposure and development times. Chiara’s giant cameras, which he designed and built himself, are transported to locations on a flatbed trailer to produce one-of-a-kind large-scale prints. The design of the cameras, which is much like daguerreotype box cameras, allows the artist to simultaneously shoot and perform his darkroom work while images are recorded directly onto oversized photosensitive paper (not film). This process, which Chiara first discovered as a student in 1999, invites anomalies in his final prints and adds to the mystery and lyricism of his pictures.

In 2011, the Pilara Foundation in San Francisco commissioned Chiara's Bridge Project which was included in the Pier 24 Photography group exhibition, HERE. John photographed extensively in Los Angeles in 2011, and, in 2012, Chiara was one of 13 international artists’ whose work was included in the exhibition Crown Point Press at Fifty at the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The Pilara Foundation again commissioned Chiara in 2013, for the group exhibition A Sense of Place at Pier 24 Photography. Chiara spent much of 2013 photographing the surrounds of  Mississippi, culminating in an exhibition in the Delta town of Clarksdale as well as a book entitled, Coahoma County, Mississippi (ROSEGALLERY, 2015). The artist is featured in Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, on view at the Getty Museum until 6 September 2015. John Chiara lives and works in San Francisco.

Unique works. More images available from the series, please contact brittany@rosegallery.net with inquiries.

 
John Chiara  Old River Road : Stovall Road: Oakhurst Road, 2018 34.5 x 27.5 inches/Framed 41 x 35 inches Image on Ilfochrome paper, unique photograph Signed on label mounted to frame verso From the collection of the artist and ROSEGALLERY GCP28371 $9,000

John Chiara
Old River Road : Stovall Road: Oakhurst Road, 2018
34.5 x 27.5 inches/Framed 41 x 35 inches
Image on Ilfochrome paper, unique photograph
Signed on label mounted to frame verso
From the collection of the artist and ROSEGALLERY
GCP28371
$9,000

 
John Chiara Oakhurst Company Road: Sherard Road: Lee Drive, 2018 33.75 x 27.5 inches/Framed 40.5 x 34.5 inches Image on Ilfochrome paper, unique photograph Signed on label mounted to frame verso From the collection of the artist GCP28370 $9,000

John Chiara
Oakhurst Company Road: Sherard Road: Lee Drive, 2018
33.75 x 27.5 inches/Framed 40.5 x 34.5 inches
Image on Ilfochrome paper, unique photograph
Signed on label mounted to frame verso
From the collection of the artist
GCP28370
$9,000

John Chiara  Old River Road : Stovall Road: Oakhurst Road, 2018 34.5 x 27.5 inches/Framed 41 x 35 inches Image on Ilfochrome paper, unique photograph Signed on label mounted to frame verso From the collection of the artist GCP28371 $9,000

John Chiara
Old River Road : Stovall Road: Oakhurst Road, 2018
34.5 x 27.5 inches/Framed 41 x 35 inches
Image on Ilfochrome paper, unique photograph
Signed on label mounted to frame verso
From the collection of the artist
GCP28371
$9,000

 
John Chiara   Jókai u at Ó u, Budapest, Hungary , 2017 30 x 45 inch Negative Image on Matte Chromogenic Paper, Unique Photograph Signed and dated by artist on verso From the collection of the artist GCP28650 $16,000

John Chiara
Jókai u at Ó u, Budapest, Hungary, 2017
30 x 45 inch Negative Image on Matte Chromogenic Paper, Unique Photograph
Signed and dated by artist on verso
From the collection of the artist
GCP28650
$16,000

 
John Chiara   Dessewffy u at Jókai u, Budapest, Hungary , 2017 30 x 45 inch Negative Image on Matte Chromogenic Paper, Unique Photograph Signed and dated by artist on verso From the collection of the artist GCP28651 $16,000

John Chiara
Dessewffy u at Jókai u, Budapest, Hungary, 2017
30 x 45 inch Negative Image on Matte Chromogenic Paper, Unique Photograph
Signed and dated by artist on verso
From the collection of the artist
GCP28651
$16,000

John Chiara   Váci út at Róbert Károly krt., Budapest ,  Hungary , 2017 30 x 50 inches/Framed 36.5 x 55 inches Negative Image on Glossy Chromogenic Paper, Unique Photograph Signed and dated by artist on verso From the collection of the artist GCP27980 $16,000

John Chiara
Váci út at Róbert Károly krt., Budapest
, Hungary, 2017
30 x 50 inches/Framed 36.5 x 55 inches
Negative Image on Glossy Chromogenic Paper, Unique Photograph
Signed and dated by artist on verso
From the collection of the artist
GCP27980
$16,000

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Born in Düsseldorf, Germany in the 1950's, Müller keeps studios in his hometown and in Los Angeles, where he relocated in the 1990's. After having received his license as an industrial engineering draftsman in the late 1960's, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, and immediately following, was awarded grants from the city of Düsseldorf, and the German Industry Endowment of the Arts. His permanent large-scale sculpture and stunning public installations can be found in Cologne, Germany, Münster, Germany, as well as Agoura Hills, California. One of his most widely recognized public works is Twilight and Yearning, a trio of massive steel dories, which have occupied a conspicuous place under the Santa Monica pier since the summer of 1997. His unique works on paper can be found in private and public collections worldwide including those of the Deutche Bank, The City of Santa Monica Arts Foundation and the Frederick Weisman Foundation to name a few.

Unique works. More images available from the series, please contact brittany@rosegallery.net with inquiries.

Manfred Müller   Offspring #21 , 2017 12 x 12.75 inch Mixed technique Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto Unique artwork From the collection of the artist GCP27627 $3,800

Manfred Müller
Offspring #21
, 2017
12 x 12.75 inch Mixed technique
Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto
Unique artwork
From the collection of the artist
GCP27627
$3,800

Manfred Müller   Glaciem Frigore #8 , 2015 8.25 x 11.25 inch Mixed technique Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto Unique artwork From the collection of the artist GCP26369 $4,000 Framed

Manfred Müller
Glaciem Frigore #8
, 2015
8.25 x 11.25 inch Mixed technique
Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto
Unique artwork
From the collection of the artist
GCP26369
$4,000 Framed

Manfred Müller   Offspring #16 , 2016 13.75 x 11 inch Mixed technique Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto Unique artwork From the collection of the artist GCP27622 $3,800

Manfred Müller
Offspring #16
, 2016
13.75 x 11 inch Mixed technique
Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto
Unique artwork
From the collection of the artist
GCP27622
$3,800

Manfred Müller   Offspring #13 , 2017 9.5 x 13 inch Mixed technique Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto Unique artwork From the collection of the artist GCP27619 $3,800

Manfred Müller
Offspring #13
, 2017
9.5 x 13 inch Mixed technique
Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto
Unique artwork
From the collection of the artist
GCP27619
$3,800

GCP27624  Offspring #18 , 2016 13 x 12.5 inch Mixed technique Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto Unique artwork From the collection of the artist GCP27624 $3,800

GCP27624
Offspring #18
, 2016
13 x 12.5 inch Mixed technique
Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto
Unique artwork
From the collection of the artist
GCP27624
$3,800

Manfred Müller   Offspring #31 , 2017 20 x 20 inch Mixed technique Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto Unique artwork From the collection of the artist $4,800

Manfred Müller
Offspring #31, 2017
20 x 20 inch Mixed technique
Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto
Unique artwork
From the collection of the artist
$4,800

Manfred Müller   Offspring #14 , 2017 13 x 12.75 inch Mixed technique Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto Unique artwork From the collection of the artist GCP27620 $3,800

Manfred Müller
Offspring #14
, 2017
13 x 12.75 inch Mixed technique
Signed and dated in pen by the artist on recto
Unique artwork
From the collection of the artist
GCP27620
$3,800