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Chris Kihlstrom

 

My Mission:

I have had a long career so far as an artist in New York City. After going through years of working high stress jobs in the New York City apparel industry it took its toll on me. I would joke with my friends that I change jobs more often than some people change underwear. I was just trying to move up in life.

One particularly bad experience was when I moved everything I owned out to Minnesota for a job. After working my tail off I was let go after a short time. To get work again quickly I had to move back to New York again. The stress reached a boiling point. In my mid thirties I went through a major life changing experience. I found myself in the hospital with a very serious disease. I could not function normally. The disease was so debilitating that I could not fathom how I was going to survive for the rest of my life. Someone at the hospital told me I should just go on disability for the rest of my life.

Over time I was able to slowly recover. At that point I felt I had been given a second chance at life. I wanted to make a positive impact on the people around me. After being kept down for most of my professional career I wanted to inspire others to ascend in life. I know that moving up in life is something that a lot of people besides myself want.

Inspiring others to ascend in life is what I want to do through my art. The message that I am sending is subtle some times and more direct other times. I feel we need to take responsibility for ourselves to find the strength and the answers to move up.

Artist Biography:

Chris has been published in Art Business News.  Chris has had his artwork on exhibit at the New York Society of Illustrators among many other exhibitions.  He has worked as a textile designer for companies such as Target and Sears. He has developed his own unique, colorful and painterly style that takes viewers to a calm place of solace and positive energy. This original art is available for sale and represents an excellent investment value.  

Chris has had a passion for art starting at a very young age and continuing throughout his entire life. Art in one form or another such as drawing, painting, sculpture or printmaking has always been there. Experimenting with new ideas, growing learning new mediums and techniques is very important to him. At Syracuse University he majored in illustration. As his skills developed he discovered screen printing and took a strong interest in it. Two of the screen prints that he made in college in the late 1980’s were later accepted in the prestigious Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition in New York.

Chris’s interest in fine art screen printing (also known as Serigraphy) continued after college and led him to work for Chameleon Editions in Jersey City, NJ one of the most respected screen printing companies in the fine art industry at the time in 1995. As a chromist Chris interpreted original oil paintings into serigraphs for many of the most well established artists in the fine art business again elevating his skill level higher. This is where he
discovered an interest in impressionist landscape painting that continues to inspire his work today.

Chris’s current work displays a deep expression of positive energy that combines many art techniques from the past in a way that is unique to today. Chris draws inspiration from the great masters of Impressionism like Monet, Van Gogh as well as much later artist of Pop art such as Warhol. Visiting art galleries in New York and Europe on a regular basis also provides inspiration for his work. The airy atmosphere, bright colors, fluid brush strokes and dramatic light in Chris’s work is uplifting and takes the viewer to a place that is calm and relaxing. 

Exhibitions:

-Society of Illustrators Museum: 33rd and 36th Annual Juried 
Exhibition of professional illustration New York. My work is published in the 
Illustrators 33 and 36 directories. Of the several thousand entries that come in every 
year less than 8% are accepted.
-Art Expo, New York (Many artists I made prints for at Chameleon Editions 
exhibited at this show)
-Artists & Fleas Market Willaimsburg Brooklyn, NY
-Sorrell Publishing's Downtown Association Exhibition in New York's Wall Street district
-Gallery Goba, group exhibition Hoboken, NJ
-Hoboken Artist Studio Tour (Monroe Center for the Arts)
-Right Angle Art Gallery, solo exhibition
-Westfield Street Fair Westfield, NJ
-Hoboken Arts Festival Hoboken, NJ
-Monroe Gallery Group exhibition Hoboken, NJ July
-Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop holiday Show New York, NY
-Hoboken Artist Studio Tour (Restaurant 9th)
-Art Buyers Caravan Atlanta annual convention (My prints were represented by 
Len Garon Fine Art) 
-Abernathy's Restaurant Berwyn, PA
-The Philadelphia Drawing Club Annual Exhibition

Gallery Representation and Art organizations:

-Decor Art Gallery Corp. New York, NY
-Gallery IV Garden State Plaza Mall  Paramus, NJ
-Sorrell Publishing  New York, NY
-Gallery Goba (in association with Right Angle Art Gallery) Hoboken, NJ
-Hand Mad Hoboken, NJ
-Galeria West Art and Framing  Westfield, NJ
-Swift Morris Interiors  Hoboken, NJ
-Fine Art Liaisons  Bryn Mawr, PA
-Melange Gallery  Hoboken, NJ
-Springer Gallery  Allentown, PA
-Catherine Starr Gallery,  Philadelphia, PA
-Alber Galleries,  Philadelphia, PA
-National Artist Equity- Philadelphia Chapter
-Artists Cultural Exchange
-Artists Guild of Delaware Valley

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