oil paint

4 a.m. (2012)

collage artwork by Chris Lockhart

I poured several layers of a fleshy-peach colored acrylic gesso until it was very thick with a bubbly mud sort of texture. I begin with an abstract line drawing using a deep blue oil paint, which was inspired be a recent viewing of The Kitchen by Picasso seen at the High Museum of Art. Color was brought in, lines were moved and shapes developed. On side note this is my first painting to use a true vermilion pigment, which took me a while to find at an affordable price.

12 in by 16 in, oil and acrylic on masonite, 2012.

For Sale: $172 USD

Carving Negative Space (2011)

mixed media art piece in medicine cabinet

Carving Negative Space was created for Painting II, for a Joseph Cornell box assignment. I went to area thrift shops and found initial inspiration in the electric knife sharpener. A variety of feelings and thoughts were stirred by the appliance, which I saw as having a past life in the kitchen of somebody’s parents. I then worked with the arrangement of objects and expressive marks around these ideas of childhood, the lost past, and absence of the present.

25½ in by 29 in by 5 in, acrylic paint, oil paint, gouache, acrylic polymer gel, wax crayon, oil pastel, mirror, chip brush, garden hose valve, kitchen towel, upholstery fabric, drawer knob, latex balloon, electric knife sharpener, electric wire, plastic book spiral, plastic medicine bottle, nail, paper, in wooden medicine cabinet, 2011.

For Sale: $550 USD

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Open Window: Baha’is in Iran (2011)

mixed media art piece on layers of plexiglass in wooden box

The Baha’i Faith became of interest to me several years ago. I also learned about the unfortunate difficulties Baha’is face in Islamic countries, especially Iran. This piece was created to draw attention to the ongoing persecution of members of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. In early 2011, I had read about arson on Baha’i-owned businesses and letters received by the community threatening destruction of property belong to Baha’is or Muslims known to befriend Baha’is. As recently stated by Siovash Khanjani, “The intention is to totally destroy the Baha’i community, both economically and culturally.”

While conducting research and sketching out various ideas, I kept coming back to how it must feel to walk up to your business and see that it had been attacked. From there, I developed the idea of building up layers with plexiglass inside a box. I also spoke with the public relations department of Baha’i Faith in the United States, because I didn’t want to accidentally offend those I intended to help. Since I was working abstractly, their main concern was not being portrayed as victims, because it was important to the community to maintain their dignity.

I hope that I have created a piece that is interesting enough that it will invite the viewer to look into the story behind it.

25 in by 35 in by 3½, solvent transfer, polymer gel transfer, wood glue, oil paint, spray paint, acrylic paint on plexiglass with burnt wood and ashes in wooden box, 2011.

For Sale: $500 USD

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