Chris Hood.
Photo: Sami Drasin

Chris Hood

Chris Hood incorporates themes of memory and loss into his mesmerizing canvases, which have been the subject of solo shows at Lyles & King in New York, San Francisco gallery Et Al., and L.A.’s Nino Mier Gallery.

Personal Style: “My work features images culled from personal photographs, art history, and mass media rendered abstract by translation. The paintings evolve through narrative and material processes that place the viewer in evocative uncertainty.”

Chris Hood, Synthetic Forest, 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Praz-Delavallade

His Technique: Hood applies paint on the reverse, so it seeps through the warp and weft of the canvas. Perception is purposefully unclear, so compositions exist in an indeterminate space.

Up Next: “Para,” a solo show at L.A.’s Praz-Delavallade, on view through November 9

“Mixing comical iconography with a Color Field aesthetic, Chris Hood’s expressionistic and collage-like canvases take cues from past and present to create a wholly original ethos.” —Heidi Zuckerman

Chris Hood, Monster, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Praz-Delavallade
Chris Hood, Against The Spinning Sky, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Lyles & King

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Late Fall Issue under the headline “Galerie Emerging Artist Award.” Subscribe to the magazine.

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