In this latest series of paintings, Chris is starting to move away from the human figure as the central topic of his artwork. By using an abstract style, he strives to capture/elicit a mood or emotion while not relying on a recognizable gesture from a human form. To create a story through abstraction he uses movement, contrast saturation, vigorous gestures with paint and a combination of quiet and explosive areas of coloration.
In further describing the new paintings Chris says, “The ruins of the argument, leaving evidence of the original ideas and drawings in the final piece, signs of redraws and rub-outs and erasures and cross-outs and struggle are all important in my figurative work, but I’ve found that that sensibility is even MORE important in this new abstraction. It’s within these corrections and re-directions and cover-ups that the emotion or mood I’m searching for gets revealed.”