Painter Todd Chilton describes how an apparently steady trajectory can be bumpier than it appears, and how happy coincidence and friendship are fundamental to his success.
“The consistent theme for me for the last eleven years, since I’ve been in Chicago, is to consistently make work—that’s 1—and 2 is to be friendly and make friends with people. I mean, people know if you’re just using them for art purposes, but if you’re genuinely interested as an artist in seeing other artists’ work, inviting other artists over to your studio—these are the things that have worked for me.”
Todd Chilton is a Chicago-based painter represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago) and Feature Inc. (New York City). Chilton was born in Chula Vista, California, near San Diego. Because of his father’s job in the air force, Chilton grew up at various locations across the country before ending up in high school in Maryland, making frequent trips to art museums in the District of Columbia. Chilton attended Brigham Young University where he began to concentrate on making art work, graduating with a BFA in 2002. Chilton moved to Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, where he lived with his in-laws while working as a stonemason and saving money for graduate school. In 2003 he moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute (SAIC), graduating with an MFA two years later. He spent time working as a part time instructor at SAIC and as the Assistant Director of Instructional Resources, and he currently teaches digital imaging and acts as Director of Educational Technology Advancement and Instructional Design. Chilton has participated in a number of prestigious group exhibitions, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago; Gallery of Contemporary Art at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis; Bellstreet Projects, Vienna, Austria; and Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, Germany. He has had solo and two-person shows at The Suburban, Oak Park; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and Feature Inc., New York City. Chilton lives with his wife and three daughters