Ada Sadler - UC Berkeley Chair #19, 2012 (detail) - Courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Ada Sadler

United States 1954

Photorealism, Painting

www.adasadler.com

Ada Sadler
Ada Sadler
Female
United States
1954
January 4, 2016
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Ada Sadler is an American contemporary artist born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1954. She is well known for her photorealistic paintings which represent everyday objects.

Ada Sadler – Chairs

Ada Sadler - Liberty Chair #3, 2008 - UC Berkeley Chair #15, 2008
Ada Sadler – Liberty Chair #3, 2008 / UC Berkeley Chair #15, 2008
Ada Sadler - Train Chairs #27, 2012 - Evelyn's Chair #2, 2013
Ada Sadler – Train Chairs #27, 2012 / Evelyn’s Chair #2, 2013

Ada Sadler studied Painting at Kansas City Art Institute, and received her BFA in Painting from University of Kansas, Kansas City, MO in 1976. Two themes are dominant in her work – chairs and bathtub toys. She always paints from her own photographs, but the process and the outcome can’t be classified as purely photorealistic. Sadler is more interested in capturing certain atmosphere of the photographs, by playing with light and composition. That is the reason why the chairs have a sort of character of their own, even with the paintings are devoid of human presence.

Ada Sadler – Bathtubbie Collection

Ada Sadler - Bathtubbie Collection #88, 2011 - Bathtubbie Collection #89, 2011
Ada Sadler – Bathtubbie Collection #88, 2011 / Bathtubbie Collection #89, 2011
Ada Sadler - Bathtubbie Collection #91, 2012 - Bathtubbie Collection #95, 2012
Ada Sadler – Bathtubbie Collection #91, 2012 / Bathtubbie Collection #95, 2012

All of Sadler’s work seems to be an exploration of personal losses she experienced. The emotions are expressed in paintings, sorted by themes. If the cups and saucers are in the painting, she is having a conversation with her mother; if the chairs are theme, she thinks of her deceased father; bathtubbies are conversation with the children she never had. A sad inspiration for the paintings, but the outcome is overwhelmingly positive for viewers, as they feel deeply connected with someone else, even if there are only objects painted on canvas. That is the magic of Sadler’s art.

She is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Ada Sadler lives and works in San Francisco.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Small WorksArcadia Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2013Hello, GoodbyeDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012New PaintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2011The RealistsArtZone 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Is Anybody Out ThereStewart Gallery, Boise, IDGroup
2009The Art of PlayDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008New PaintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
200710th Anniversary ShowDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006All WetLisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CAGroup
2005Recent PaintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2005Shifting PerspectivesTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CAGroup
2005Group ShowOngallery, South Pasadena, CAGroup
2004The Painted GiftHubert Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003New PaintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2003Grand OpeningDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003SF International Art ExpositionFort Mason Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002New Works by California ArtistsTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CASolo
2002Who We Are: Selections from the Permanent CollectionTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CAGroup
2002PlaygroundJulie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CAGroup
2002Western States Small WorksSonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CAGroup
2002SF International Art ExpositionFort Mason Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001Recent WorksDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2000New PaintingsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2000Wit and WhimsySusan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, CAGroup
1998Toys in Contemporary Art IId.p. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CAGroup
1998California Small WorksSonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CAGroup
1998Works on PaperBolinas Museum, Bolinas, CAGroup
1998BACA 14th Annual National Juried ExhibitionBerkeley Art Center Assoc., Berkeley, CAGroup
1998SelectionsArtSpan, San Francisco, CAGroup
199842nd Annual International ExhibitionSan Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CAGroup
1997Small TreasuresThomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1997Toys in Contemporary Artd.p. Fong Gallery, San Jose, CAGroup
1997California Small WorksSonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CAGroup
1997SelectionsArtSpan, San Francisco, CAGroup
1997Intimate Still Lifes & LandscapesThomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1996Paintings and DrawingsJoseph Chowning Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1996Recent WorksMorgan Gallery, Kansas City, MOSolo
1996RealismBolinas Museum, Bolinas, CAGroup
1996Stockton National Print and Drawing ExhibitionThe Haggin Museum, Stockton, CAGroup
1996The Automobile in ArtLong Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CAGroup
1995Paintings and DrawingsJoseph Chowning Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1995Biennial Print and Drawing Competition and ExhibitionTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CAGroup
1995Small WorksJoseph Chowning Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1995Summer ShowMorgan Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
1994California Small WorksSonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CAGroup
1993Introductions '93Joseph Chowning Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1993Introductions '93Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CAGroup