oil on canvas

Purple Ohio (2012)

painting by Chris Lockhart

In the Spring of 2012, I was finishing up Painting IV at Brevard College and I wanted to do a piece that somehow honored the landscape of south-eastern Ohio, where I had grown up. I found inspiration in the paintings of Yangyang Pan, particularly her abstract landscapes from 2010. I really appreciate her open compositions and the rhythmic application of paint. For a further challenge, I decided to work with a triadic color scheme of secondary colors, that is: purple, orange, and green.

9 in by 23½ in, oil on canvas, 2012.

For Sale: $189 USD

Ways to Dissolve (2012)

red expressionist painting with circles

With Ways to Dissolve, I continued my exploration of the red pigments. After painting the atmospheric Turning Red, I wanted to use the same red pigments in a more solid structured way. I also wanted to get into it with gutsy brush-strokes as opposed to the smooth wispy paint in Turning Red. At the time, I was looking a lot at Willem de Kooning’s Clam Diggers and Jasper Johns’s Target and Numbers and I can see where their influence fed into this painting.

27 in by 45in, oil on canvas, 2012.

For Sale: $619 USD

Wild Beasts Will Be Wild Beasts (2011)

oil painting by Chris Lockhart

In Painting III, we were tasked with creating a painting inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus. In addition to the fall of Icarus as a consequence of his pride and arrogance, I also wanted to approach the idea that Icarus was really very small in greater scheme of things. Not only was he small, but so was his plight.

23 in by 15 in, oil on canvas, 2011.

For Sale: $247 USD