CHRIS HYNDMAN

Chris Hyndman is a painter born in London, Ontario. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Manifest’s International Painting Annual, and solo exhibitions at Bluffton University, the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, and Susanne Hilberry Gallery. In addition to Never Normal, his paintings are included this fall in the 2020 Rockford Midwestern Biennial at the Rockford Art Museum, and a three-person exhibition with Jelena Berenc and Carlos Melian at the Evanston Art Center. Chris is a faculty member in the School of Art & Design at Eastern Michigan University. He lives and works in Chicago.

For several years Hyndman’s paintings have suggested shallow stagelike spaces, activated by plaid-patterned forms “auditioning” in front of curtains. Recently, they have also included depictions of pennant strings and confetti streamers—the stuff of staged celebrations. He considers the “staginess” a fundamental condition of painting and have been thinking a lot lately about how we stage ourselves within rectangles—especially screen rectangles—for presentation to others. In terms of fit with earlier work, the latest paintings continue his interest in color and texture, structured surfaces, and the function of pattern and digital tools in shaping contemporary images.

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