Chris Young

Paintings (50-works)

Chris  Young Braid
Braid
Oil on panel
18 x 24 in
Chris  Young Civita
Civita
Oil on panel
18 x 43 in
Chris  Young Persephone
Persephone
Oil on panel
20 x 16 in
Chris  Young Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel
Oil on panel
24 x 16 in
Chris  Young NIKE
NIKE
Oil on panel
12 x 23 in
Chris  Young Big Calla
Big Calla
Oil on panel
36 x 41 in
Chris  Young Stanza
Stanza
Oil on canvas
36 x 49 in
Chris  Young T.K.
T.K.
Oil on panel
23 x 17 in
Chris  Young Red Heads
Red Heads
Oil on panel
23 x 40 in
Chris  Young Three Pears
Three Pears
Oil on panel
20 x 23 in
Chris  Young Bride
Bride
Oil on panel
22 x 15 in
Chris  Young Pavonia and Lemons
Pavonia and Lemons
Oil on panel
16 x 20 in
Chris  Young Dried Roses
Dried Roses
Oil on panel
23 x 34 in
Chris  Young Fallen Red
Fallen Red
Oil on board
21 x 25 in
Chris  Young Pears with Tuscan Landscape
Pears with Tuscan Landscape
Oil on board
16 x 27 in
Chris  Young African Butterfly
African Butterfly
Oil on board
16 x 33 in
Chris  Young Green Butterfly
Green Butterfly
Oil on board
36 x 40 in
Chris  Young Hopper
Hopper
Oil on board
16 x 26 in
Chris  Young Pink
Pink
Oil on board
23 x 16 in
Chris  Young Chocolate
Chocolate
Oil on board
16 x 23 in
Chris  Young The Afghan
The Afghan
Oil on board
23 x 12 in
Chris  Young Young Petrosinella
Young Petrosinella
Oil on board
14 x 11 in
Chris  Young Yellow Ranunculus
Yellow Ranunculus
Oil on board
28 x 36 in
Chris  Young October Lovers
October Lovers
Oil on canvas
16 x 12 in
Chris  Young Morning Light_ Hana
Morning Light, Hana
Oil on board
16 x 36 in
Chris  Young Sundown_ Alaska
Sundown, Alaska
Oil on board
16 x 24 in
Chris  Young St. Michel_ France
St. Michel, France
Oil on board
16 x 35 in
Chris  Young Still Life Bellini and Beetle
Still Life Bellini and Beetle
Oil on board
18 x 24 in
Chris  Young Still Life with Ginger _ Shell
Still Life with Ginger & Shell
Oil on board
17.5 x 19.5 in
Chris  Young Still Life with Limes _ Pomegranates
Still Life with Limes & Pomegranates
Oil on board
18 x 24 in
Chris  Young Still Life with Ingres and Roses
Still Life with Ingres and Roses
Oil on board
18 x 30 in
Chris  Young Relic
Relic
Oil on board
19 x 24 in
Chris  Young Forbidden Fruit
Forbidden Fruit
Oil on board
16 x 27 in
Chris  Young Egyptian Lily
Egyptian Lily
Oil on board
19.5 x 17 in
Chris  Young Two Vespas
Two Vespas
Oil on canvas
21 x 16 in
Chris  Young Vanitas
Vanitas
Oil on board
16 x 20 in
Chris  Young Three Davids
Three Davids
Mixed media
18 x 24 in
Chris  Young Madonna
Madonna
Oil on board
23 x 16 in
Chris  Young Gourds
Gourds
Oil on board
27 x 41 in
Chris  Young
Aqua Vital
Oil on board
9.5 x 14 in
Chris  Young Bread and Water
Bread and Water
Oil on board
32 x 36 in
Chris  Young Plowed Fields_ Tuscany
Plowed Fields, Tuscany
Oil on board
10 x 18 in
Chris  Young Black Figs
Black Figs
Oil on board
18 x 42 in
SOLD
Chris  Young Four Ranunculus
Four Ranunculus
Oil on board
30 x 40 in
SOLD
Chris  Young Lemons and Lord Leighton
Lemons and Lord Leighton
Oil on board
14 x 30 in
SOLD
Chris  Young Levitating Yellow
Levitating Yellow
Oil on board
36 x 50 in
SOLD
Chris  Young Peach Rose
Peach Rose
Oil on board
22 x 35 in
SOLD
Chris  Young Still Life with Bird _ Keys
Still Life with Bird & Keys
Oil on board
16.75 x 22.5 in
SOLD
Chris  Young Hands
Touch
Oil on panel
21 x 17 in
SOLD
Chris  Young Ve Day
Ve Day
Oil on canvas
15.88 x 19.13 in
SOLD

Chris  Young

Chris Young

Chris Young Biography

(American, b. 1963)

CODA Gallery has represented Chris since its beginnings in the late 1980s.

“I was finishing up my BFA show at Brigham Young University and CODA Gallery founders Connie and David Katz were representing some of my professors. A couple of professors said, ‘Go take a look at Chris’ show; you may like his work,’” Chris recalls. They did. “David said, ‘I will give you a year to put a show together.’ And the next thing I knew, we were up and running.

“For my first show at CODA, I painted some dried roses. I’m going full circle and doing dried roses again. I also have started redoing figurative work; I am painting some winged figures for the show. It is a new direction I am excited about.”

In addition to still lifes and figurative work, Chris is a bringing a large landscape inspired by a trip he made last summer into Italy’s Tuscan hillsides.

People have called his paintings “ultra-realistic.” They have exclaimed that the oils on panel look like photographs. But neither description fits his aim or the way he views his work. Rather, he considers himself a “contemporary realist.”

“I paint in a very traditional method but try to obtain more of a contemporary sensibility,” he says. “I try to enhance reality — to enhance the tactile illusion without pushing it to the point where it is not believable. If I paint a rose, I want to paint the ultimate, symbolic rose of all roses.”

Chris’ studio includes an area where he stages still-life setups with items stored in drawers (e.g., bones and bird nests) and those he goes out to buy (e.g., fresh flowers and figs). He photographs the arrangements, because fresh flowers and fruit would change throughout his “deliberate” process of rendering them in oil.

After photographing a staged arrangement, he makes a detailed drawing on the panel before applying paint.

“Because oil takes so long to dry, I have 15 wet paintings in my studio now and just rotate them,” he says. “Also, I like to come at them fresh. It takes so much time that you can get lost in the forest, and you need to get away from them for a bit.

Holding the belief that artists are “visual philosophers,” Chris hopes to reignite the state of wonder we experienced when we saw something for the first time.

“I think we lose that as we get older,” he says. “The role of an artist may be to recapture some of that freshness of life — to seize those moments where you had a sense of awe.”

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