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Chris Brandell

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Chris seeks to interpret the complexity of the human condition while revealing her fundamental desire to explore color. Her work is mostly large scale mixed media paintings, and her tools include custom-made knives and large-format brushes. Chris'  paintings have been exhibited on both the East and West Coasts, and reside in many private collections.  

Born and raised in New Rochelle, New York, Chris moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area in the 70's with her family. Her artistic journey was initiated late in life and inspired by her friend, Joanna Abizaid of Cline Rose Design. In 2014, Chris was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. Working and living in the local area for more than 25 years, Chris can be found happily painting the hours away in her Vienna, Virginia studio. 

Artist Statement: 

"Inspiration for my paintings is borne from a great deal of time studying the rhythmic rise and fall of the human condition. Observing the changing dynamic enables me to determine and second guess the repeatable patterns.  As such, I’ve learned to be comfortable with the shadow of chaos as it continually impinges on what should otherwise be orderly. Realizing that everything shifts under our feet just as we gain balance, I have come to terms with the truth of impermanence, and thus I seek the asymmetric balance of minimal abstract elements as a lasting foundation. 

Using a variety of media on canvas and paper, I endeavor to subtract compositional pieces with water and mineral spirits leaving behind the soul of the work.  I long for more and want the same for each observer.  If I can engage my audience to pause in the quiet simplicity of the composition (whether visible or missing), then my work is complete."

Join us at gallery43 on the afternoon of Saturday, December 2, 2017 to meet this talented artist and learn about her recent collection "The Words" - created especially for gallery43.

Earlier Event: December 1
Later Event: January 5
Art After Dark