Chris Brandell

Artist Statement

“My process begins as an intuitive dance with the paint. I let the first strokes and
splatters take me where they will, a kind of organic expression which I coax with water
and dry brushes. In the early layers, I bond with the color while I distill my thoughts
down to the most minimal composition.  I paint in reaction to the human experience, and
I am inspired to repel and quiet the chaos of life with marks that are bold but simple. 
Using a variety of media, I come to terms with the elements of the work and attempt to
identify and preserve its soul.  My paintings ultimately are about everything, and
nothing, all at the same time. If I can engage my audience to discover the mystery held
in the white spaces, then my work is complete.”

 -Chris Brandell

Artist Bio

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 realized in 2012 when her good friend and interior designer insisted Chris consider entering an open call at a local gallery. Only two years later after several group and solo exhibits, Chris was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists.

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.