murals, paintings, prints
Currently, I am working on 2 mural projects. My 700 square foot Hallowell History Mural, is completed but we are waiting until the warmer weather of 2023 to install it on its exterior wall downtown.
I am also working, as a very involved assistant, on a large mural for Brunswick, Maine. “Many Stitches Hold up the Sky”. This mural was designed by my wife, Jen Greta Cart. Also to be installed in the summer of 2023—it will be a busy summer.
In 2021 I was accepted as a Signature Member to the National Watercolor Society.
In 2019 I collaborated with mural master John Gable to create two large murals for a venue in the outskirts of Washington D.C.
I have had several pieces chosen for the annual Painting the Figure Now exhibits at the beautiful Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art.
Another public commission was a new painting for the New Lithgow Library in Augusta, Maine, Stories from the Mezzanine.
I recently completed a new 21 foot mural for Bath, Maine. The theme is the “Spirit of Bath” which, of course, wraps around the history of shipbuilding in this City of Ships.
In 2015 I finished a mural for the new Capital Judicial Center in Maine’s capital at Augusta. This 14 x 40-foot mural called Kennebec is a maritime history of the Kennebec River with people, ships, history…lots of drama. Painting doesn’t get any better.
Over the years I have created many murals. Working big is having the sky for your canvas. However, I have also worked very small, illustrating over 30 books and book covers, painting miniatures, carving block prints, drawing etchings and monotypes. I love making things.
As a young ‘starving artist’, I started out as a sculptor in Guadalajara, Mexico, carving masks, and modeling figures in clay. But I found the lure of the brush too much to resist. And the best advice given to me back then by an old artist was, “Draw, draw, draw.” I have never stopped.
With a pencil or brush in hand I can create worlds within the canvas frame. The figures are my players and the canvas my stage. However, I am no fantasy artist. Reality creates the spark. My eyes open, I find things that need to be in my paintings.
I have exhibited in galleries and exhibitions in Maine, Seattle and New York City. As an illustrator I have worked for Hearst Books, William Morrow, Greenwillow Books, Random House and DownEast Books of Maine. And creating sets and playbills for theater is a thrill.
Born in Maine, I can claim that much coveted ‘native’ status but in truth I lived away a lot. My bones are solid New England stock but my blood carries the dusts of years in Mexico…and a bit of rust from the Pacific Northwest as well.
Back in my bohemian days I sold paintings at street shows and at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Today I enjoy the luxury of having my work in a great gallery, but there is an excitement, a rawness to selling art on the street.
I currently live with my wife and fellow painter, Jen Greta Cart, in Hallowell, Maine.
Hello, Chris – Are any of your Rail Trail prints available (I have one), and, if so, is there a place where they can be seen?
Hope all is well.
Is it possible to get a print of “Two Sisters”?
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