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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Chris Pemberton

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Chris Pemberton is a Columbus, Ohio abstract painter.  Skewed frames of reference and layers are used to create an atmospheric, compelling image designed to elicit an emotional response in the viewer. A product of The Ohio State Fine Arts program, his work has been exhibited at numerous venues including The Riffe Gallery, Carnegie Gallery, Shot Tower Gallery and The Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Chris also donates his talent and work to events that benefit the Columbus art community such as Scrawl and the CMA  “Art for Life” and “An Evening With Art” auctions.

Artist Statement

Rooted in formalism, my paintings are an exploration of color and composition. I tend to start with a minimal palette and allow it to expand as the painting progresses. I do not use studies or sketches for my paintings but rather allow them to develop based on images that exist only in my mind. Oil, acrylic, stain, charcoal and pencil are but a few of the mediums found in my paintings. Any materials that contribute to my goal of a visually striking image are considered.

My influences are as varied as the materials used in my work. Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly, Larry Poons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Albert Kotin, Helen Frankenthaler and John Hoyland are some of the artists whose work I consider important in the development of my own..


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