Chris Brandell

Artist Statement

“Inspiration for my paintings is borne from a great deal of time studying the rhythmic rise and fall of life. Observing the changing dynamic gives me the opportunity to be able 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 in life. Realizing that everything shifts under our feet just as we gain balance, I have come to terms with the truth of impermanence. This stabilizing force has lead me to crave the balance of simple, asymmetric elements. 

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 reflect on their own experience of each painting (whether the components are visible or missing), 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.