Rectangle Practice

May 29, 2017

I don't give good rectangles.  I'm a painter of squares.  I think and feel and visualize in equal proportions - my natural lens doesn't recognize the periphery - up, down or  sideways.  This "square focus" enables me to see balanced, unequal abstract elements.  In my new body of work, I'm challenging myself to work rectangular, at least a little and this commission forced it.  Right now, its less organic than I like but perhaps that will come in time.   One of my favorite painters - Heather Day definitely does not share my rectangle affliction - incredible work - check her out.


May 21, 2017

Finally, a new body of work is taking shape (Connected 2017).  This is due in no small part to some constructive criticism I received about bringing more of myself into my work.  Discipline brings results and joy in the work for me.  Its a relief to be reminded that my paintings are worth collecting when the time is used wisely in the study and completion of the work.  Happy Spring at last! 

Ari | 48x48 | Mixed Media


2016 Athenaeum Invitational

August 25, 2016

Opening Reception: September 25 from 4–6 pm.  Underwritten by TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty, the Athenaeum Invitational is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in Virginia, the District of Columbia, or Maryland. A $1,500 prize for the best work is awarded to an invited artist, and a $1,000 prize is awarded to an artist from the open call. The show is juried by Gallery Director Twig Murray. Prize winners are selected by a noted art expert.

Together, a 54×54″, mixed media abstract painting on canvas was chosen for this show.  This will be the first time my work has been seen at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia.

Together hanging at the Athenaeum with Chris Brandell

Rise Up! Group Show at the Strathmore Mansion

July 12, 2016

Rise Up! Group Show Opening Reception ~ The Mansion At Strathmore, Sunday, September 11, 2-4pm. My "Alive" painting, a 24"x 24" acrylic on canvas, was chosen for the NAWA juried Rise Up Group Show at the Mansion at Strathmore (10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852) which will run from September 10th through November 6th.  Strathmore Mansion is a premier art institution of the mid-Atlantic region hosting more than two dozen exhibitions a year, with educational programs for children and adults by professional artists and curators all set in an historic gallery space. Throughout its spacious galleries on the first and second floors of the Mansion, Strathmore offers art lovers an eye-catching and thought-provoking array of works in every medium by artists from the region, the nation, and around the world. In addition to mounting its own exhibitions, Strathmore collaborates with renowned museums and other art institutions, such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Rise Up! examines the transformative and celebratory emotions that occur when people emerge from their personal blue period. Artwork in the show reflects this emergence and the concept of rising upwards.

Pathway to Abstraction June 14 at Agora Gallery

June 05, 2016

Opening Reception ~ Agora Gallery: June 16, 2016 6-8pm.  Seven paintings from my Repression 2016 collection will be shown in a new exhibit, "Pathway to Abstraction", at Agora Gallery from June 14 - July 5, 2015.   This will be my second show in New York but the first featuring multiple paintings.  Repression is a body of work which I completed in 2015.  The initial inspiration for this collection was an exploration of the rebirth of shame and how its currency is used today.  This is represented by the first painting “Shame”.  As the painting progressed through each piece in the body of work, it became apparent that repressed individual definitions of shame were arising and would have a voice through the color and canvas. Joyce Asper said “[Chris'] art reflects a tactile experience thanks to a layered execution of bold strokes, hue and texture.  Despite being abstract, her pieces seem familiar because they emit an energy rooted in unpredictability, just like life.”  The opening reception will be held at 530 West 25th Street, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Please join me!

Saatchi Artist of the Day

April 26, 2016

I was chosen as Saatchi Artist of the Day on April 25, 2016 by curator Rebecca Wilson.  Saatchi highlighted Dark Whispers and Sweet Addiction from my Escape body of work and Him from my Repression body of work throughout its social media postings that day.  All 3 pieces were then sold to Saatchi collectors in the U.S.  These beautiful pieces can be seen on the Saatchi Artists of the Week Collection.   I have been working with Saatchi since early 2014.  This collaboration has been extremely successful.  In addition, while working on the Escape collection, Ms. Wilson invited me to complete a commission for a Saatchi collector in Boston.  The commission was successfully shipped and can be seen in the Escape Collection.


Elle Decor House Tour

August 15, 2015

Elle Decor's House Tour: Inside the light, airy retreat of Naina Singla.  Read the article that includes beautiful pictures of Naina Singla's home, decorated by Cline Rose Design.  Kimono I & II is featured in her modern entryway. This painting was inspired by a beautiful antique silk kimono which happened to match the colors dominant in the decor of the home.  The commission included several potential paintings that were black, white and pink, but this by far was the  most beautiful.  The designer, Joanna Abizaid, and her client agreed!