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Christine Kuper

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Outgrowth
Outgrowth, 2007 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 44"x54" © Christine Kuper
Ablaze
Ablaze, 2007 Oil on Canvas 56"x42" © Christine Kuper
Parasite2
Parasite, 2006 Oil on Canvas 58"x44" © Christine Kuper
Flare
Flare-Up, 2006 Oil on Canvas 46"x42" © Christine Kuper
Nest
Haunt, 2008 Oil on Canvas 58"x58" © Christine Kuper
Red
Garnish, 2006 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 28"x22" © Christine Kuper
Film
Quick Facts
Lives in
San Francisco, CA
Works in
San Francisco, CA
Schools
Yale University, 1993, BA
Skowhegan, 1999
University of Texas at Austin, 2001, MFA
Statement

I am inspired by objects that seem simultaneously natural and alien within their environments. Although diverse, ranging from decorative to destructive, these objects tend to have complex internal structures that both differ from and depend on their surroundings.

My studio process starts with models made out of craft materials. I take care to follow structural impulses suggested by those materials, while also keeping in mind what languages of painting will resonate with the textures of the source object.

Often exploring cubist and post-impressionist mark-making, I let the image develop slowly through a layering of shapes and gestures. The weaving and building of the painting's surface become almost an architectural experience. My hope is that my paintings become peculiar, intense objects built from everyday forms brought into unusual focus.