Chris Villón

Media: Mixed Media, Painting
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I am primarily a painter based in MA, but have worked in other 2D media such as graphite, ink, and collage. Inspired by visionaries such as Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, Corita Kent, Sigmar Polke, Philip Guston, Keith Haring, and Cecily Brown, I am currently navigating a vivid pictorial space informed as much by landscape as by figurative gesture and presence.

Often working from improvisation in a mode of abstraction, I layer and build spaces of balance and movement in the pursuit of portraying the effects of trauma on the human spirit and body. The ecstasy of existence plays as much of a role in my work as pain and existential dread. I am steadily building a language that is intended to weave a personal narrative and simultaneously create a sympathetic and more universal reading, and I invite the viewer to personally interpret what they are seeing. No interpretation is “false.”

Recent work has taken the openness of viewer interpretation more into account, providing minimal visual information with the intent to inspire viewer creativity and imagination. Within the new minimal spaces, I trust the viewer to form their own narrative from the smallest suggestions of form and atmosphere. This in turn makes the viewer a much more active participant in the entire process of beholding a work of art. As with earlier work, this new batch of small-form paintings is akin to cloud interpretation, only much more overt in its ambiguity.

Resident Rosemary Boyle provided me with the amazing opportunity to sublet her studio this past summer, and extended her studio for me to participate in this year’s Open Studios. I am very grateful and excited to be able to finally share my paintings with the public at large and connect with the community of artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts in Waltham and Boston.