Krista Harris

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A lifelong case of wanderlust has left me with a visual scrapbook of sights and sounds, even smells and bits of dialogue which seem to sneak into my work. I don’t intentionally set out to recreate a scene and I’m often surprised to see them. It’s rarely even a single location but bits and pieces jumbled together. They become blurry postcards and reconstructed maps that help me make sense of the world.   Continued >

 

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Biography


My work is driven by an intense curiosity about places and the ways in which
they connect, divide or define us. How do we fit in, what’s our place in the
world? Is it where we grow up or some adopted location that we connect with
on a deeper level? The individual and unique parts of a place...it’s culture and
traditions, the languages, ethnic and architectural components, the quality of
light, the color of the wind, the food, climate and terrain are all visual pieces of
the puzzle.


Painting is a very physical process for me, beginning days or weeks before I
ever begin. Each step is as integral to the process as the application of paint
and mark, including reading and researching, stretching canvases, mixing new
colors, searching for new tools and experimenting with methods of working.


Risk and uncertainty are an artist’s friend, and I try to keep the painting open to
all possibilities, deviations and directions–where it’s outcome is not yet known
and anything can happen. Taking a wrong turn or unexpected direction is often
more productive than getting things right, and getting lost can have surprising
outcomes. Working back and forth between organic and architectural elements,
patterns and textures, colors, tangles of marks is the process that keeps me
engaged and the sense of mystery alive and well.

 

(b. 1954, Roanoke, Virginia)
Lives in Southwest Colorado

 

Education

 

East Carolina University, BFA Painting, 1977
A career level artist whose gestural, abstract paintings are built of mark
and medium, sharing a love of both drawing and painting. She thinks of her
work as maps or remembered environments, exploring the imperfect, fleeting
changes between the natural and the man-made worlds we navigate on a daily
basis.
There is nothing frugal about her paintings; instead they are richly layered,
sensually manipulated surfaces which seem to live and breathe. Concealing as
much as they reveal, and weaving together gestural, energetic marks and fields
of color, the opposing forces lure you in...inviting you to linger over painterly
passages, to get lost between the lines, and just for a moment, to suspend
thought in favor of feeling.
Her art work is widely collected and in many private collections both nationally
and internationally. She exhibits in prestigious galleries across the country and
is included in corporate collections such as Indigenous Corp, London, England,
Mesa College, Grand Junction, CO; Duke Memorial Cancer Center, Durham NC;

Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL; and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Grand Cayman Is-
land. She has also participated in international art fairs including SOFA NYC,

Chicago and Santa Fe as well as Palm Beach International Art Fair.

REPRESENTATION


Artspace8, Chicago, IL
Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas TX
Gallery 903, Portland, OR
JGO Gallery, Park City, UT
J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
Hodges Taylor Consulting, Charlotte, NC
Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM & Denver, CO
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO
West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT

 

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

 

Ingenious Corp, London, England
Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC, purchase award 2014
Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO, purchase award
Work included in exhibition at DIA and Colorado Governor’s mansion in 2010
Northern Trust Bank, downtown Chicago, IL, commission
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Grand Cayman Island, 2015, commission
Federal Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


June 14,2018 Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
March 25, 2017 West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT
October 2016 Gallery 903, Portland, OR
July 1-13, 2016 Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
June-Aug, 2014 J Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL
March, 2014 JGO Gallery, Park City, UT
Sept 2007 Ellis West Gallery, Durango, CO

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


March 2-31, 2017 Works on Paper /Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
Feb 18-Mar -25, 2017 Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
March 2-April 5, 2017 Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO
November 2016 Gallery 903, Portland, OR
May 15-30, 2016 Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
March -April, 2016 West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT
Jan 2016 Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO
Nov 21-Dec 31, 2015 Craighead Green Gallery exhibition, Dallas, TX
Jan - April, 2015 Group Exhibition, Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL
November 2014 SOFA Chicago, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Sept, 2014 “New Landscapes of the Southwest”
Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

August 2014 “Culture of Women”, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
June 2014 Group Exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
January 2014 Art PalmBeach, Tansey Contemporary
November 2013 SOFA Chicago, Tansey Contemporary
October 2013 Artist Talk/Painting demo, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe
September 2013 “Circus, Circus” Group exhibit, Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
Jun 6, 2013 Abstract Expressionist show at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art
Jun 22-Sept 1 2013 Select 4 person show, “Southern Lights”
The Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

February-April 2013 Pine River Library exhibit
January 2013 Craighead Green, Dallas, TX, 3 person exhibit
January 2013 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL
September 2012 Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2 person show
September 2012 Solo show, “Blame it on the Weather”, Buchanan Gallery, TX
2012 SOFA International Art Fairs
NYC, Palm Beach, FL & Chicago, IL

March 2012 Group exhibition, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
March 2012 Solo show, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT
December 2011 RED Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC
2011 SOFA Shows: NYC, Santa Fe, Palm Beach, & Chicago, IL
November 2010 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
December 2011 Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX
May 2010 Solo Exhibition, ENO, Durango, CO
April 2010 U8, Sopa Gallery, Kelowna, B.C.
March 2010 Huntsville Museum of Art, Annual Fundraiser, AL
October 2009-2010 Work exhibited at DIA and the Colorado State Capital
September 2009 Ellis Contemporary, Durango, CO
March 2009 Huntsville Museum of Art, 18th Annual Museum Gala, AL
August 2008 Churchill Gallery Fall Show, Newburyport, MA
September 2009 Ellis Contemporary Gallery, Durango, CO
March 2009 Huntsville Museum of Art, 18th Annual Museum Gala

August 2008 Churchill Gallery Fall Show, Newburyport, MA
May 2008 Tenth Anniversary Exhibit, Ellis West Gallery, Durango, CO
March 2008 Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
September 2007 Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2 person exhibit
October 2006 Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2 person exhibit
September 2006 Ellis Crane Gallery, Durango,CO
July 2006 Aquatics Show, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
May 2006 Spring Gallery Walk, Durango, CO