Chris Brandell

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Inspiration for my paintings is borne from a great deal of time studying the rhythmic rise and fall of things. It's a dynamic that has given me the opportunity to determine patterns and be able to second-guess them.  Thus, I’ve learned to be comfortable with the shadow of chaos as it repeatedly impinges on what should otherwise be orderly in life.  Realizing that everything shifts under our feet just as we gain balance, I have come to terms with the truth of the impermanence. This stabilizing force in my work has taught me to crave the uncertainty of abstract elements.  

Attempting to paint the underlying instability, I am driven by the desire to achieve the simple perfection found in Helen Frankenthaler's color fields and Marisa Purcell's abstracts. Using a variety of media on canvas and paper, I endeavor to subtract out 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 reflect on their own experience of each painting (whether the components are visible or missing), then my work is complete.

Unaffected. mixed media on canvas. 30w x 40h". 2017

Inviolable. mixed media on canvas. 30w x 40h". 2017

Ethos. mixed media on canvas. 40h x 40w". 2016