704 N. Wells St., CHICAGO, IL 60654 USA, Tel: 312.664.3406 email
Open 11-6 Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Celebrating 23 Years on Wells St in Chicago's River North Gallery District!



River North Gallery Tour: Saturday July 10, 11am, meets here at Addington Gallery, 704 N Wells, and tours at least 4 galleries. The tours are free, and take place on the second Saturday of each month. Text 312.664.3406 for more info, or to RSVP.

Important note: Dear friends, art lovers, collectors, and art professionals. Addington Gallery is excited to be open for business and art viewing! For the health and safety of all, we are committed to following federal, state, and city covid-19 guidelines. All Staff are vaccinated. Face coverings are not required if you have been vaccinated. Door handles are disinfected after every visit and hand sanitizer is provided at the front desk.

Addington gallery is open Tus-Sat 11-6, and is also available for private gallery viewings, over the phone consultations, and Zoom meetings. You can email us or call us (312.664.3406) at any time to schedule a private viewing of work at the gallery, and you can call, text, or email with questions about the artists and their work - artwork that we continue to represent with enthusiasm and dedication! It is important now, more than ever, to support artists who continue to enrich our lives and culture during challenging times. Addington Gallery is committed to this purpose, and we hope that you'll join us live, on our website, and on social media.


Friday, July 9, 2021, 5-8pm
Reception and Open House
Mid-Summer Art Walk in River North
Joan Holleb: Woodlands and Cowscapes

The paintings of Chicago artist Joan Holleb occupy an exciting place between process and image, between poetry and narrative. The material qualities of these works set them apart from most paintings, generating the unexpected effect of slowing down our gaze and causing us to look carefully at the interaction of copper, patina, and paint on the surface of the work.

Holleb begins the act of painting by pouring a patina solution on the surface of the copper and letting it run in various directions and oxidize. Typically, this process dictates the direction the composition will develop, and the use of chance and spontaneous activity becomes the foundation for all that follows.

Also opening Friday, July 9, 5-8pm is a short, 4 day exhibition of collage work titled "Cut-Ups".

This exhibition is co-curated by Susan Blackman and Susan Aurinko, and features the work of Fred Holland, Eve Ozer, and Hugh Spector, all of whom work primarily in collage.

Current Exhibition

Through May 30, 2021

Solo Exhibition, Main Space: Cat Crotchett, "TETHERED"

Cat Crotchett is an innovative practitioner of pattern-based abstract painting. Using the medium of wax and pigment (encaustic painting), Cat's visual vocabulary includes stenciled shapes, layered patterns, and burned-in texture accomplished using heated metal much like a branding iron. Cat uses a bold but sophisticated color sense to engage the eye, and creates a sense of complexity through built up textures and layering. The results are color fields that feel at once organic and man made, rich with detail and incident. The complexity of her surfaces and the tactile nature of her work engage both mind and body, ensuring that we will always find new elements in these paintings as they unfold and reveal themselves over the course of multiple viewings.

Exhibition continues through June 30, 2021

See the exhibition


Through May 30, 2021
Paula Blackwell: Out of the Blue
Encaustic landscape paintings.

Paula Blackwell is a leading artistic voice in the Pacific Northwest. Her emotionally charged, moody landscapes point as much towards our inner life as they do reference the natural world. Process leads the charge in her work as she manipulates layers of wax and pigment, exploiting the translucency of the materials to create a palpable sense of atmosphere, never becoming a slave to detail and illustration. Blackwell offers a vision both personal and universal - a space to explore as we seek to find our place in this world. Blackwell's work is already represented in both public and private collection in Chicago and the Midwest, as well as nationally. Addington Gallery has exhibited the work in a number of group exhibitions, but this is her first solo exhibition in Chicago.

See the exhibition

Read the new essay by Richard Speer

Opening Saturday, June 5, 2021, 2-6pm

Encaustic in America.
Exhibition continues through July 30, 2021

During the months of June and July, Addington Gallery hosts an exciting rotating exhibition of paintings made by some of the leading voices of encaustic painting in America. The exhibition will feature recent work by leading encaustic artists, including color-based painting by Joanne Mattera; sculptural atmospheric work by Jeff Hirst, expressive compositions by Lisa Pressman, paintings referencing sky and water by Robin Denevan, and painterly geometric compositions by Kathleen Waterloo, Cat Crotchet, and Marissa Voytenko.

Recent Exhibitions

Vista 2021: Contemporary Landscape

Featured Artists:

Scott French - Atlanta - oil paintings
Brooks Anderson - Santa Rosa - oil paintings
Nolan McCants - Chicago - photography
Paula Blackwell - Portland - encaustic paintings
Joan Holleb - Chicago - oil on copper paintings
Kathleen Waterloo - Chicago - encaustic paintings
Robin Denevan - San Francisco - encaustic on etched birch

Preview week : January 9 through January 15, 2021

Scott French, Days Without End, 36x36, oil on panel, $3800

Our Holiday Show and Sale: Small, Affordable Works of Art

Susan Hall and Robin Denevan

Addington Gallery is proud to announce
two new solo exhibitions, featuring works by
Susan Hall and Robin Denevan.

This exhibition will be Hall's first solo with Addington Gallery. The Robin Denevan exhibition will feature never before exhibited works featuring his new encaustic and etched wood technique. The exhibition opens on Saturday November 7th with an Afternoon Open House Reception from - 2pm through 5pm, where Susan Hall will be present to meet and discuss her work.

Susan Hall, Springtime, 14x11, oil on panel.

Click on the image to see the exhibition.

Robind Denevan, Beyond the Blue Horizon, 30x60, encaustic and oil on etched wood panel.

Click on the image to see the exhibition.

Social distancing and face coverings will be practiced at the Saturday open house. We hope that you'll come, meet the artist, and take your time viewing the work. A number of great restaurants will have outdoor seating on the block that night, including Avli, Prosecco, and GT Prime, all within steps of the gallery. We encourage you to make an evening of it - come visit the show, and reserve a table right outside for after.

Joanne Mattera

This exhibition, entitled "Hue & Me", is Mattera's first solo with Addington Gallery. The exhibition is on view through Oct 31, 2020 A catalog is available for purchase and to view at no charge online. Click the logo below to view images from the show.

Hue & Me

Hue & Me

This 34-page catalog marks Joanne Mattera's 36th career solo, "Hue & Me," her first with Addington Gallery in Chicago. Text includes an interview with the artist. Catalog designer: Karen Freedman

Find out more on MagCloud


Kathleen Waterloo: 20/20Fusion

Sharing Shelter: Small, Affordable Works of Art


This show explores various contemporary approaches to landscape painting juxtaposed in the same space with richly optical color-based abstraction. The result is an exhibition of bracing chromatic shifts, rich tactile surfaces, and deep enveloping spaces.

Featuring the work of Kathleen Waterloo, Alicia LaChance, Joanne Mattera, Brooks Anderson, Thomas Monaghan, Molly McCracken Kumar, Robin Denevan, Michael Dubina, Ronald Clayton, Lisa Pressman, Michael Hoffman, Karen Nielsen-Fried, Howard Hersh, Cat Crotchett, Julie Montgomery, Diana Cutrone, and new small works by Scott French, Jill McGannon, and Paula Blackwell.

Allison B. Cooke: Palinsesti

Susan Hall and Marissa Voytenko: Tapestry


Susan Kraut: In Studios

Sandra Dawson: Hide and Seek

Rebecca Crowell

Also featuring work by
Lisa Pressman, Kathleen Waterloo, Alicia LaChance,and Joanne Mattera.

Molly McCracken Kumar

Brooks Anderson

View work by Jeff Hirst

View work by Allison B Cooke

View work by Judson Chatfield

View work by Karen Nielsen-Fried

Carl Linstrum: Light and Shadow

Carl Linstrum

"Horizon's Deconstructed", Encaustic Paintings and Works on Steel by Robin Denevan

Off the Grid: Jeff Hirst, Lisa Pressman, and Marissa Voytenko

Brooks Anderson, Sandra Dawson, Michael Dubina

Read the press release and view work

View Brooks Anderson's paintings.

View Sandra Dawson's Paintings.

View Michael Dubina's Paintings.

"Light in the Forest", Paintings on copper by Joan Holleb

View Joan Holleb's paintings.

"Structural Alterations", New encaustic paintings by Jeffrey Hirst

View Jeffrey Hirst's paintings.

"Free Passage", featuring work by Ronald Clayton, Lisa Pressman, Michael Dubina Click on names to view work.


Gallery Spotlight: Encaustic Painting at Addington Gallery

Excerpted from Chicago Art News

I asked Dan Addington if I could write about his gallery in my own words based on a number of conversations we've had. Addington features a number of artists who who explore a unique relationship between image and process oriented painting, including the medium of encaustic. It's fun talking to Dan about encaustic art because he's passionate about the medium and the way each artist uses it differently.

Let's step back and start with the basics of encaustic painting. Point one, it's ancient, dating back to the 4th century BC.

And point two: painting with wax is very hard to do, it's hard to control, and you have to work fast because wax goes from molten-lava-hot to dried candle wax in about 10 seconds. And like other mediums in which it's difficult to master the basics, when a medium like this grows in popularity, a lot of the practitioners get lost in the technique, they become "Encaustic Painters" rather than artists who have to be working with Encaustic materials. And with this popularity, classes follow, which evolve into academic studies and before you know it, there are a whole lot of rules.

Dan Addington is, himself, an encaustic painter, and he's been doing it a long time, before it got trendy. In turn, he's a fan of Howard Hersh, Mark Perlman and others who have been doing it even longer than him, before the schools and the hobbyists got their hands on it. Before the rules were written. So Addington's aesthetic, and Encaustic posse could possibly be defined in that way: pre convention.

Addington builds his paintings up layer by layer, drawing on and gouging into the surface, adding oil paint, tar, fabric and other odd materials into the mix, which gives the work a very textural feel.

Now, Howard Hersh, who was featured in a recent exhibit and is represented by the gallery, is also pre-rules, yet he has a completely different approach, and balances the geometric with the inherent chaos of encaustic.

So how to tell the Encaustic painters from the artists who work with wax? Addington gravitates to work that has a conceptual level to it, artists who are going for a specific idea, and not just expressing their feelings through random splashes of color.

As Addington pointed out, "Encaustic has a visual archaeology that exists in each piece. Because you can see the translucent layers, it opens the door to the process. With much painting, the top surface is often the only surface the viewer can access. With encaustic painting, you can dig down through the layers and see the history".




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