A Passion for Art Curation
As the Creative Director of Chandos Collective, Chandos possesses a unique ability to identify outstanding artists with blossoming careers. Each artwork showcased here reflects Chandos’ impeccable taste and her keen eye for emerging talent, offering a glimpse into her remarkable ability to curate meaningful and captivating collections.
The founder of C2 Art—a full-service firm specializing in investment-level art—Chandos collaborates closely with Mary Hammon Quinn, the president of C2, to curate exquisite artwork collections. With a team of experts, they meticulously source pieces from auctions and their trusted network of gallery partners—serving clients in residential, commercial, and general consumer spaces.
“As an art curator, my goal is to create collections that not only captivate the senses but also hold significant value. It’s about finding that perfect balance between aesthetic appeal and wise investments for my clients.”
– Chandos Dodson Epley
Bo Joseph’s (b. 1969, California) work is distinguished by a complex and labor-intensive process that he has developed over the years, which begins with a selection of images culled from his vast archive of catalogs, personal photographs and books. In both Joseph’s cast bronze sculptures and joined paper pieces, the selected souvenirs are visually stripped of normal reference points and distilled into solid shapes. In the paintings on paper, outlines of these shapes are drawn multiple times in vivid oil pastels onto various layers of paper. Joseph cites Louise Bourgeois and Joseph Beuys as profound influences not only on form and color choices, but also on the use of recontextualization to extract the charge from found sources. The artist lives and works in New York City.
Alex Katz (American, b. 1927) is one of the most recognized and widely exhibited artists of his generation. Often associated with the Pop Art movement, Katz began exhibiting his work in 1954, and since that time he has produced a celebrated body of work that includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints. His earliest work took inspiration from various aspects of mid-century American culture and society, including television, film, and advertising, and over the past five and a half decades he has established himself as a preeminent painter of modern life, whose distinctive portraits and lyrical landscapes bear a flattened surface and consistent economy of line. Utilizing characteristically wide brushstrokes, large swathes of color, and refined compositions, Katz created what art historian Robert Storr called “a new and distinctive type of realism in American art which combines aspects of both abstraction and representation.”
Since the 1950s, Alex Katz’s work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions around the world. His work can be found in nearly 100 public collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among many others.
Sarah Awad (b. 1981, Pasadena, CA) has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Blossom Market, Los Angeles; and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. She has been included in group shows at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; LA Louver, Venice; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Long Beach City College Art Gallery, CA; and Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna. Awad is the 2011 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and her work has been reviewed in Artillery, Modern Painters, Art in America, Artsy Editorial, ArtScene, and New American Paintings, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of Dallas Museum of Art, TX; The Britely, West Hollywood; and Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles. Awad currently teaches on the faculty of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine and is based in Los Angeles.
Tennessee-born artist Pamela Jorden applies her paint in directed, pushed, and dragged flows. She actively and physically manipulates the material of her work. The linen is pulled, stretched, and incised. It wraps around the convex and concave curves of the stretchers and gives solidity to the more atmospheric qualities of the painted surface. “For me, color is surprising. My response to it can be totally visceral and emotional, and this makes it endlessly exciting,” Jorden comments. “It interests me to figure out how a color works in a painting, how I can undermine and alter its intensity, or how a color relationship can create a vibration and tension that keeps movement happening in the painting.” Jorden often refers to landscape and qualities of light in her work, associating the exposed areas of linen with the color and texture of the sandy soil of Southern California, where she lives. “My paintings are improvisations, exploring qualities of reflection, energy, movement, magnetism, and light.”
Jorden received a BFA from the University of Tennessee and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in the 1990s. Her work has been featured in publications such as Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Art in America. The artist lives in Los Angeles.
Myke Venable is a Texas-born contemporary artist. He received his BFA and MFA from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The artist’s oeuvre is inspired by Minimalism and the work of Donald Judd and Ellsworth Kelly. In his abstract, minimalist, and geometric paintings, Venable places a strong emphasis on color and explores color arrangements, using color found in nature and urban environments as his sources. Venable is a drawing instructor with Art League Houston.