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Chris Gwaltney paints in a lush style, a combination of abstraction with hints of figures. It is a Magic Realism where the atmosphere of richly painted, scumbled vivid colors, drips and painterly flow embrace ambiguous people who seem to move towards us or move away in a dream-like ambiance. Rapid gestural strokes convey great energy. Gwaltney’s paintings are open ended; the style is free and unfinished and allows the viewer to fill in the essence of each story. The images, which call to mind those of the Bay Area Figurative painters of half a century ago, are held tight by large, free, brushstrokes that move the eye into the picture, “a work in progress.”

Selected exhibitions
2019
Chris Gwaltney: Hiding in Plain SightSeager Gray Gallery
2018
Chris Gwaltney: And Another Thing...Seager Gray Gallery
2017
Chris GwaltneyJulie Nester Gallery
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Crooked Paths, 2014

Oil on canvas
50 × 44 in
127 × 111.8 cm
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Location
Mill Valley
Medium

Chris Gwaltney paints in a lush style, a combination of abstraction with hints of figures. It is a Magic Realism where the atmosphere of richly painted, scumbled vivid colors, drips and painterly flow embrace ambiguous people who seem to move towards us or move away in a dream-like ambiance. Rapid gestural strokes convey great energy. Gwaltney’s paintings are open ended; the style is free and unfinished and allows the viewer to fill in the essence of each story. The images, which call to mind those of the Bay Area Figurative painters of half a century ago, are held tight by large, free, brushstrokes that move the eye into the picture, “a work in progress.”

Selected exhibitions (3)
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