Chase Langford

 

At a very young age, Langford started studying and drawing maps.   The first maps he ever saw were the highway maps stashed in the glove box of his family's Ford Country Squire station wagon.  By his teens he had a map and atlas collection totalling well over a thousand, and he spent his free time immersed in cartography.  Langford's fascination with maps led him to study cartography at UC Santa Barbara, and he began creating maps for faculty at UCLA.

The interplay of a lifetime of maps and Langford's fine art painting became most apparent in the late 1980’s when he started to create map paintings.  Their purpose was not to explain the geography of a place but rather to use the essence geographic forms to re-express them in an entirely new way.  

Today his paintings still echo their geographic foundation.  Whether is it translating the essence of the sand patterns made by the waves on Baker Beach, or the dusty Kalahari, as seen from a plane.  His latest series, Morphic, adds in the influence of landscape views such as the view from the artist's ridge top studio off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.  This new series represents a significant shift from the two-dimensional map view to an abstract composition that implies a three dimensional space.