PAINTING 1980- 1990
In the early 80's three incidents brought Chase back to his work. He made three trips to London, staying with friends who had a formidable collection of Persian miniatures. He also frequented the Victoria and Albert Museum, continuing his immersion in Islamic art . As he studied the work, the bright colors and ordered design lead him into a vigorous new period of work. Also important to these works were two visits to Venice, (see photography). His earlier fascination with patina, old walls and surfaces had found a new way of expressing itself. At the end of the decade his palate shifted to the greys and blacks and would remain the palate most familiar in his later works and the emphasis on structures began to grow.