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For almost 20 years, portrait artist, landscape painter and sculptor Chas Fagan has been creating nationally recognized works of art. A self-taught artist, he graduated from Yale University with a degree in Russian and East European Studies. While growing up in Brussels, he was artistically influenced by the works of great European masters. This interest in traditional art, coupled with his incomparable skill in form and color, fuels his distinctively elegant style.

His portraits display a classic, layering technique and are recognized for their extraordinary likenesses, as well as compositions that reveal each subject’s unique personality. Recent works include a life-size portrait of Mrs. Barbara Bush for the White House in Washington, DC. Unveiled with Mrs. Bush in January 2005, the final portrait includes her dog, Millie, and hangs in the ground floor corridor of the White House.

Sculpture is a more recent component of Chas’ career, and examples of his sculpture range from maquette to monumental scale. In 2001, he was commissioned by the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, to create 3 figures for placement next to the Cathedral’s altar. John Donne, George Herbert, and Howard Thurman were created in clay by the artist, and master stone carvers will cut the permanent figures in Indiana limestone. To render each figure accurately, Chas undertook extensive research, and the final result is a dynamic grouping the Cathedral considers exceptional.

In 2004, in a highlight of his sculpture career, Chas created an 8-foot bronze of President George H.W. Bush for Houston, TX. The statue, with two accompanying eagles, is the centerpiece of a monument to the former President in Sesquicentennial Park. Chas’ design for the monument and plaza places the statue facing Houston’s skyline, to emphasize the President’s significance to the city of Houston. The eagles, symbolic of the Presidency, flank the backdrop. The monument was dedicated in December 2004.

Landscapes and still lifes by Chas Fagan showcase dramatic mood and color. They vary from intimate scenes to sweeping vistas, often including pastoral settings from his native Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC, and recent solo exhibitions of his works have been hosted by Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC; Metropolitan Gallery in Washington, DC; and Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville, DE.


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