International artist Chris Klein is coming to Westland Gallery for a 3 week exhibition!
Chris is a meticulous and realistic painter. His work draws attention to the exquisite details on the garments and successfully illustrates the weight and texture of the fabric. He uses rich colour to create luscious and decadent paintings.
In the past 2 years, Klein has shown in New York, Art Basel Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Stratford, Romania and Portugal. This year he was invited to be part of a curated show in Houston, participated in a group show in Stratford and Montreal.
Chris Klein’s exhibition runs from October 3rd to October 21st. The opening reception will be Friday, October 6th at 7 pm and an Artist Talk will be held on Sunday October 8th at 1 pm.
This is a painting of one of my friend's spaces with reference to Mattisse's red room. Transforming her space into someone else's; creating my own identity of the person who would live here.
This is a portrait of my mother. My father and her have built a nostalgic getaway in Sault Ste Marie where she grew up as a child. This is a place where she can express her passion for 70's decor, abstract expressionism, and pop art.
Home Sweet Home
This is another portrait of my parents, but in their family farm house just north of London ON. My parents have lived in this house for 30 years and each room shares a narrative of the past, present and how my family has grown.
This is a painting about my friend Atleigh. Atleigh is a performance artist who commonly creates an alter ego named Ashleigh. Ashleigh helps her embody a new social image, and over come fears and stigmas that she holds as Atleigh. I choose to paint her within her bedroom to give more context to the struggle of self image, and the awkward age of early twenties when we are an adult but still perceive ourselves as a teenager.
This is a character study, 6 hour model.
This is another painting of my friend Patrick where I begin to make the figure less, and less important. The disarray of belongings and music gear tell us more about who he is than his face.
This is a plant study of my Money Tree, Veronica.
This is a painting of one of my professors from OCADU. Her and her husband are both recognized artists in the Toronto Community and her walls are filled with artwork she has traded and collected from students and friends.