I paint to explore abstract possibilities within self-prescribed limitations. The limitations serve as a conceptual framework to keep my process focused. Each painting is only allowed three tools that I make and use to bring out certain marks on the canvas and explore unexpected moments in space. Each painting begins with a series of structural marks that provide an armature for the looser marks. After being convinced of my motives, the resulting marks become passing thoughts in paint and time.
Though the work is physical, I am not painting a false bravado; I am focused instead on nuances between opposites. I am interested in how things change when mediated through another process and open new directions in my practice as a whole. It is through this process that I explore myself and the world around me, investing my creativity into the framework of my life, so that I continue to always live and work simultaneously.
Kris Chatterson is a painter living and working in New York City. Prior to living in New York, he resided in Los Angeles where he is represented by Western Project in Culver City. His debut solo show was in June 2006 with Western Project. While living in LA, Kris participated in a variety of group shows in southern California such as “(Keep Feeling) Fascination: Recent Abstract Painting in Los Angeles,” Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles. Curated by Julie Joice.
Upon moving to New York Kris has participated in various group shows including "I Wanna Be Somewhere" curated by Jon Lutz and ABCyz with HKJB.
Kris received a BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design in 2002 and a MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2004.