Artist Christopher Sullivan exhibits “You, Me, Humility and Pride,” at Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery, February 1-25, 2016. The opening reception coincides with Fire and Ice Art Walk Easthampton on Saturday, February 13, from 5-8PM. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Christopher Sullivan exhibits a collection of recent paintings – a pastiche of figures found in art history, pop culture, and the artist’s imagination. The mash-up of images incorporated with abstract elements create a sense of traditional formal coherence between space, light, and color. Sullivan, formerly a minimalist abstract painter, experiments with a balance of the sometimes incongruous forms and colors until they work harmoniously. The extraordinary precision of Sullivan’s paintings result in a complex orchestration of juxtaposed elements.
“I don't have a particular image or story in mind as I begin. It develops through playing/making. It’s a very open process and that keeps it surprising/revealing for me,” says Sullivan.
The artist considers himself neither an abstract nor a realist artist, but simply a painter, creating conditions which cause a viewer to be involved and interested enough to look harder, longer and deeper into relationships. In seeking definition, his paintings and drawings deliberately contrast color, light, spaces, imagery and paint handling to arrive at an unplanned and at times surprising resolution and balance.
Sullivan has exhibited at the Attleboro Arts Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, South Shore Arts Center, Erector Square Gallery (New Haven, CT), 936 Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Cambridge Art Association (Cambridge, MA), Bowery Gallery (New York, NY) and the Northampton Center for the Arts. Sullivan received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He has taught Drawing at MassArt since 2000, and previously taught at Montserrat College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, The Peabody Essex Museum and Saint Francis Day Shelter.
The ECA+ Gallery is located in Easthampton’s old Town Hall at 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. The gallery is open Monday – Thursday, 12:00 - 6:00 PM.