Artist quote: Chris Chappell (Austin, TX)

“I’m trying to explore the part of my memory that holds images of insignificant things.”

A note from Chris Chappell on his painting style and why he sometimes paints portraits of commodes.

“To me, painting is sort of like journalism in a way, I just record what I see itself. It’s why I paint from life now, not literally sometimes, if I work from photos, but of actual things opposed to abstract or made up.

“A reason I paint toilets in the first place is that they often are symbols of something (in this case hatred); they are often something you see or use daily and take for granted. Also they’re weird in shape, interesting in form, and anyone is expert enough draw one from memory. You see them so much in life that you can actually recreate an image of one without looking at a reference. Go on, try. You may not be practiced at drawing, but you can figure out where everything goes. Or if you prefer try drawing a guitar without reference- I guess the point being that there is an actual image in one’s mind. I’m trying to explore the part of my memory that holds images of insignificant things.

“There are a million reasons. But ultimately, subject matter doesn’t matter. Whatever the subject of a really good painting gets left behind when you can sense the joy someone had simply moving paint around on a surface. At least to me.”

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