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John Chehak - Fine Artist

John Chehak

Cedar Rapids, IA - United States

 
 
 

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John Chehak

Cedar Rapids, IA - United States

John Chehak - Fine Artist

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About John Chehak


According to an online reviewer, 'Native Iowan John Chehak is a masterful draftsman and painter, and is no stranger to mixed-media or three-dimensional work, either. His wide expanse of expertise and style make his artwork a treat to explore, and although initially fond of his realistic style, moments later I found myself falling in love with his highly impressionistic and cubist landscapes. Architectural shapes and forms (both realistic and abstract) make up most of Chehak’s Midwestern landscapes. Whether rolling hills, farms with bright red barns, or a twisted, dusty road, Chehak paints one heck of a picture of the Midwest—and in nearly every style you can imagine, to boot!'

Chait Galleries in Iowa City states, 'Chehak takes the beautiful pastoral scenes so many Midwesterners are familiar with and transforms them to rich, geometric paintings. Though Chehak creates a wide variety of artwork, his Iowa landscapes create a deep connection with many of his viewers and keep alive their vision of rural America. Chehak’s acrylic landscapes showcase the expansive farmland of the Midwest, depicted in gentle, muted earth tones. The buildings and cropland are reduced to simple geometric forms, reminiscent of cubist paintings by Picasso and Braque. 'I'm particularly fond of the symmetry and beauty of buildings and other structures, both urban and rural,' says Chehak. Further enhancing the geometric quality of his work, he often splits an image into multiple canvases, producing a tiled painting that repeats the patchwork effect often found in his work.'

Kavanaugh Gallery in West Des Moines notes, 'His muted colors and distinct choice of subject matter have attracted collectors throughout the nation...A self-taught artist, he paints in acrylics on canvas or paper, and has recently produced 3-dimensional works in mixed media.'

Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he always knew he could paint and draw, but art was not his first career choice. Into his late 40s, after 25-plus years in a variety of businesses, Chehak rediscovered his passion and unleashed his artistic talents. 15-years later, Chehak's work has come full circle. Chehak is particularly fond of the symmetry and beauty of structures, both urban and rural. Chehak's Rooftops painting was selected as the January 2010 cover photo for JMCP magazine. Currently, more than 25 paintings are on exhibit throughout the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation building in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Chehak is represented in Chait Galleries, Iowa City, Kavanaugh's in West Des Moines, has been featured on University of Iowa's Website called the Daily palette, was selected by Iowa's First Lady to display in the Governor's Mansion in 2002, was selected as Show Case winner in multiple online ArtSlant contests, and can be found traveling the summers, throughout the Midwest, attending juried art shows and festivals.

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Shimmering by John Chehak
 

Shimmering by John Chehak

Small Landscape 1 by John Chehak
 

Small Landscape 1 by John Chehak

Modern Farm by John Chehak
 

Modern Farm by John Chehak

Horizontal Crop by John Chehak
 

Horizontal Crop by John Chehak

Horizontal Forest by John Chehak
 

Horizontal Forest by John Chehak

Forest Redux by John Chehak
 

Forest Redux by John Chehak

Sunset by John Chehak
 

Sunset by John Chehak

Just a small town by John Chehak
 

Just a small town by John Chehak

Abstract by John Chehak
 

Abstract by John Chehak

Flat Land by John Chehak
 

Flat Land by John Chehak

Last Snow Of Winter by John Chehak
 

Last Snow Of Winter by John Chehak

Docked For Color by John Chehak
 

Docked For Color by John Chehak

Reflection 16 by John Chehak
 

Reflection 16 by John Chehak

Reflection 11 by John Chehak
 

Reflection 11 by John Chehak

My Palette by John Chehak
 

My Palette by John Chehak

Color Waves by John Chehak
 

Color Waves by John Chehak

Reflection Series by John Chehak
 

Reflection Series by John Chehak

20/10 Vision by John Chehak
 

20/10 Vision by John Chehak

Return to Chicago by John Chehak
 

Return to Chicago by John Chehak

The Blind by John Chehak
 

The Blind by John Chehak

Trees in my forest 3 by John Chehak
 

Trees in my forest 3 by John Chehak

Tree in my forest 2 by John Chehak
 

Tree in my forest 2 by John Chehak

Trees in my forest 1 by John Chehak
 

Trees in my forest 1 by John Chehak

High Water by John Chehak
 

High Water by John Chehak

Reflection Skyline by John Chehak
 

Reflection Skyline by John Chehak

New Reflection 2 by John Chehak
 

New Reflection 2 by John Chehak

Remember Chicago 2 by John Chehak
 

Remember Chicago 2 by John Chehak

New Reflection by John Chehak
 

New Reflection by John Chehak

My Forest Tryptic 1 by John Chehak
 

My Forest Tryptic 1 by John Chehak

My Forest Tryptic 2 by John Chehak
 

My Forest Tryptic 2 by John Chehak

My Forest Tryptic 3 by John Chehak
 

My Forest Tryptic 3 by John Chehak

Three Red Cells by John Chehak
 

Three Red Cells by John Chehak

Two red cells by John Chehak
 

Two red cells by John Chehak

One Red Cell by John Chehak
 

One Red Cell by John Chehak

City Sail by John Chehak
 

City Sail by John Chehak

Regatta by John Chehak
 

Regatta by John Chehak

Day Sail by John Chehak
 

Day Sail by John Chehak

Breakers by John Chehak
 

Breakers by John Chehak

Norwegian Dock by John Chehak
 

Norwegian Dock by John Chehak

Landscape by John Chehak
 

Landscape by John Chehak

Norwegian High Rise by John Chehak
 

Norwegian High Rise by John Chehak

Reflection 9 by John Chehak
 

Reflection 9 by John Chehak

Rowhouses Shadow by John Chehak
 

Rowhouses Shadow by John Chehak

Hard Water by John Chehak
 

Hard Water by John Chehak

My Block by John Chehak
 

My Block by John Chehak

50 Shades Of Blue by John Chehak
 

50 Shades Of Blue by John Chehak

Urban Crowding by John Chehak
 

Urban Crowding by John Chehak

Urban Crowding Revisited by John Chehak
 

Urban Crowding Revisited by John Chehak

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