CHRIS YOUNG, paintings

April 6 - May 3, 2018

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CODA GALLERY PRESENTS
OIL PAINTINGS BY CHRIS YOUNG

APRIL 6 - 27, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 6, 5-8 P.M.


PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery unveils a new exhibition of oil paintings by Chris Young, running April 6-27. The artist from Orem, Utah, will attend an opening reception on April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend. 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.”

 

 

Stanza Stanza
Oil on canvas
36 x 49 inches
 
Braid Braid
Oil on panel
18 x 24 inches
SOLD
 
Civita Civita
Oil on panel
18 x 43 inches
 
Three Pears Three Pears
Oil on panel
20 x 23 inches
 
T.K. T.K.
Oil on panel
23 x 17 inches
 
Red Heads Red Heads
Oil on panel
23 x 40 inches
 
Big Calla Big Calla
Oil on panel
36 x 41 inches
 
Persephone Persephone
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
 
Hands Touch
Oil on panel
21 x 17 inches
SOLD
 
Fallen Angel Fallen Angel
Oil on panel
24 x 16 inches
 
Dried Roses Dried Roses
Oil on panel
23 x 34 inches
 
Bride Bride
Oil on panel
22 x 15 inches
 
Black Figs Black Figs
Oil on board
18 x 42 inches
SOLD
 
Pavonia and Lemons Pavonia and Lemons
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
 
NIKE NIKE
Oil on panel
12 x 23 inches
SOLD
 
Fallen Red Fallen Red
Oil on board
21 x 25 inches
 
Yellow Ranunculus Yellow Ranunculus
Oil on board
28 x 36 inches
 
Still Life with Limes _ Pomegranates Still Life with Limes & Pomegranates
Oil on board
18 x 24 inches
 
Still Life with Ingres and Roses Still Life with Ingres and Roses
Oil on board
18 x 30 inches
 
Forbidden Fruit Forbidden Fruit
Oil on board
16 x 27 inches
 
Gourds Gourds
Oil on board
27 x 41 inches
 
African Butterfly African Butterfly
Oil on board
16 x 33 inches
 
Green Butterfly Green Butterfly
Oil on board
36 x 40 inches
 
St. Michel_ France St. Michel, France
Oil on board
16 x 35 inches
 
Morning Light_ Hana Morning Light, Hana
Oil on board
16 x 36 inches
 
Two Vespas Two Vespas
Oil on canvas
21 x 16 inches