In studying artists, I try to understand their main idea. Sometimes, you can find it expressed in words, and other times, it is demonstrated in the art itself.
“Kris Chatterson: An artist’s career is a marathon not a sprint. Work hard, take your time to develop, and be patient. Be nice.”
Like all persons, artists possess certain characteristics that eventually manifest in behaviour and sometimes patterns that are discoverable.
When I attended the Arlington Arts Center opening last Saturday evening, I snapped as many pictures of things that I want to write about because I knew that the doors to the gallery would not open again until Wednesday.
(I digress for a moment to say that I think Arlington public venues should be open when the public has the greatest amount of time to visit them. Right now, venues are closed too often.)
Anyway, now before me I have an inventory description of art displayed at the “CTRL+P” exhibit and digital images that are not all identified. So, like a sleuth, I must look up the artists and match photos so that I can complete the stories. This is actually a good exercise and research makes it interesting.
Kris Chatterson’s art is so distinctively his that it is easy to recognize. Bear in mind, there are no titles on his work and only descriptions indicating methods of production such as: acrylic, acrylic transfer to canvas, screenprint and transfer on paper, and paint on board with various sizes.
- High contrast – black and color
- Subtle under colors
- Sweeping and swirling strokes
- Bold and confident
His work is located in the Meyer Gallery, main level.
I try to discover something about artists and I found a picture of Chris with designer Carrie in WhiteHotMagazine.com, in the flesh (April , 2010).
Then I discovered a photo of Kris with his work at “Western Project.”
Now living in New York City, he was born in Orlando, Florida, attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, obtained his MFA from the distinguished Claremont Graduate University outside LA.
He told an interviewer at happinessonline how much he appreciated his painting teacher, Leslie Lerner at Ringling. That teacher provided him with confidence. Also from the interview, he said “I’m not sure I ever wanted to be an artist; I think I always was one.”
Hanging around with artists and one day you may become the subject of a painting yourself. Artist, Cole Case, made a portrait of Kris that I posted as a picture.