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STEVEN CHANDLER

I was not raised in the South. I was raised in the Air Force, so when I came to the south to live with my grandad in the 80's to help on the farm, I had more than culture shock to say the least. I was never raised around the "color barrier". There was no room for that in my Dad's business of intercontinental ballistic missiles-everyone who was under his command had to be color-blind. I never could get used to the southern issue of racism, white town, brown town or any of that. I look at the photo of my kin though and feel good that maybe they weren't too bad, having Uncle Sandy (African American ) in there with them.

Most people don't know this, but the issue of race has been an underlying motif in my art for decades now, it struck me hard as a young man never being raised around it, it still is a weird fascination with me. There is a great deal more to this than just primitive folk paintings and Georgia Red Mud, but I'll save that for the book maybe. Also, those who feel this is inspired by this person or that person, my first and still biggest influence will always be Benton, Lawrence and social realism. When I was a kid and went to the Harry S. Truman library, the Benton murals struck me like nothing else ever has.

Elberton, Georgia

aaRival Horse Breeders - circa 2015
aaGraphite on the back of a Mac-N-Cheese box
aaHungry Girlfriend #2 - circa 2015
aaGraphite on the back of a piece of Natty Beer Box
aChicken George's Slut Shame Chicken - circa 2015
aGraphite on the back of a piece of Natty Beer Box
Hungry Girlfriend #3 - circa 2015
Graphite on the back of a piece of Natty Beer Box
aaaaGeorge Zupp's Big Fat belly - circa 2015
aaaaGraphite on the back of a piece of Natty Beer Box
aAnaconda Dinner - circa 2015
aGraphite on the back of a piece of Natty Beer Box
aaaaThe Gambler - circa 2016
aaaaGraphite on piece of roughed up beer box