Friday, July 16, 2010

Chris Malmkvist

If art is hyper reality, as some say it is, then Chris's work must surely fall into this category. When I first looked at his work, I stopped in my tracks with a gasp, "Is this photography?" But, one look at the exquisite play of light on the decanter and you know that Chris controls and manages light in such a masterful way that he gives vibrancy to this painting that far surpasses photography.

The dark background works its way forward through the glass, and the bottles and inches out onto the rich tones of the table, forward to the light dish and grapes in the bottom right corner.

Chris fine tunes his paintings with sculpted precision. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that Chris also sculpts and he does so with the same deft touch.

All that being said. How does Chris manage to create such perfect lettering on his wine bottles?

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