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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

Cowboy Mandala (2012)

acrylic painting by Chris Lockhart

Inspired by a visit from Tibetan Buddhist Monks, we had an assignment in Painting III to paint our own mandala. I had difficulty with this project, because I didn’t like the idea of arranging icons or painting a clean design. However, i did enjoy designing the structure with a compass. The whole design is based on circles; I used the intersections of these circles as points to draw the lines. I then went over each section multiple times building up layers of drips, which allowed me to feel like the highly structured painting had a human element.

36 in by 36 in, acrylic on canvas, 2012.

For Sale: $645 USD

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

Position Set in Motion (2011)

mixed media artwork by Chris Lockhart

One of my first uses of an acrylic gel transfer, Position Set in Motion was created during the Mixed Media course at Brevard College. Two benefits of gel transfer over direct collage are that it is transparent and that it allows the imagery to be warped. In this piece, phrases have been separated from each other by the distortion, like snippets of memory: “books of poetry”, “for us to feel”, and “doing more than brushing the surface.” A 1970s photograph of a mother speaking to her daughter in a kitchen is the clearest image, which has been transferred on top of brush marks and then itself further painted over. Empty lines, like ruled notebook paper, fill the area were text is notably absent.

12 in by 9 in, acrylic, paint, and gel transfer on canvas board, 2011.

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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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Self Portrait in Red Room (2010)

acrylic on canvas self portrait by Chris Lockhart

One of the projects in Painting I at Brevard College was a self-portrait in the style of an artist we hadn’t heard of before. Well, I can’t find the sketchbook from that class, so I can’t tell you who I was emulating here. This painting is usually hidden facing the wall so that it doesn’t frighten the family.

24 in by 32 in acrylic on canvas, 2010.