Christopher Kuhn

Christopher Kuhn
Contact tracing
Oil and acrylic on linen

Height 152.5 cm
Width 152.5 cm

Born in Chicago, IL
Lives in Los Angeles, CA
Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

Formerly Known As, Gallery ONE FOUR, Seoul, South Korea
Weights and Measures, Jacob’s, Los Angeles, CA
Beyond Appearances, Galerie Bessieres, Chatou, France
As I Live and Breathe, Ronchini Gallery, London, UK
Sleight of Hand, Geary Contemporary, New York, NY
Sunny Side Up, FIELD Contemporary, Vancouver, Canada
Material Witness, Sonce Alexander Gallery, Culver City, CA
Arranged: Richard Galling and Christopher Kuhn, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA
Group Exhibitions
Salon Art + Design, with Portuondo Gallery, New York, NY
SWAB Art Fair, with Jason Shin, Barcelona, Spain
Summer Show, Galerie Bessieres, Chatou, France
Papier, with Galerie Youn, Montreal, QC
BAD+ Art Fair, with Galerie Bessieres, Bordeaux, France
December Group Show, Galerie Bessieres, Chatou, France
Papier, with Galerie Youn, Montreal QC
Spring Break Art Show, with Jacob's West, Los Angeles, CA
Surface Tension, Open Mind Art Space, Los Angeles, CA
Re:Union, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
Limited Edition Canvas Panels, Pretend Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Expulsion: Painting as Proxy Act and Action, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ
Los Angeles Notebook, Jacob’s West, Venice, CA
Group Show, Galerie Bessieres, Chatou, France
EXPO Chicago, with Ronchini Gallery, Chicago, IL
TRAKR, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
Trust Fall, ALSO, Los Angeles, CA
Abstract in the Singular, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Abstract Miniatures, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ
La Nuit S'Ouvre, BLAM Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Hashtag Abstract, Ronchini Gallery, London, UK
Yes In My Back Yard, Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA (Curator)
Microscopes and Binoculars, Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St. Louis, MO
Abstract Abstract, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Norman, OK
View From the Edge of the Soul, Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA
After Living in the Room of Realites Nouvelles, Sonce Alexander Gallery, Culver City,
Dragnet, Manhattan Beach Art Center, Manhattan Beach, CA
Selected Works, FIELD Satellite, Vancouver, Canada
MAS Attack 6, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Millennial Abstractions, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
MAS Attack (Mutual Appreciation Society), LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA
Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like, George Lawson Gallery, Culver City,
Painting on Edge II, den contemporary, West Hollywood, CA
The New Cool School, White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA
Painting on Edge, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA
Speculative Materialism II, Andi Campognone Projects, Pomona, CA
Selected Bibliography
“Issues One-Nine” Full Blede, Issue 10: The Undertaking, October 2019
Broersma, Virginia, “Survival of the Artist: Home grown galleries” Long Beach Post,
October 7, 2019
“Art: Christopher Kuhn” DUEL Magazine, February 2019
“Christopher Kuhn” Full Blede, Issue 7: The Continuant, January 2019, p. 12
d’Avignon, Angella, “A Concise Guide to LA’s Outdoor Art Spaces, from a Pool to a
Garage” Hyperallergic, August 22, 2018
Birden, Sebastien, “Chatou: la Maison Levanneaur est devenue une galerie d’art” Le
Parisien, July 13, 2018
Kamer, Nimrud, “All that glitters on the Golden Horn” British GQ, August 2017
Ross, Deborah, “'Abstraction in the Singular' at Bentley Gallery” art ltd., May 1, 2017
“Christopher Kuhn's 'Sleight of Hand' at Geary Contemporary” Blouin Artinfo, March 30,
Young, Amy, “'Abstraction in the Singular' at Bentley Gallery” Java Magazine, March 2,
“Artist Spotlight: Christopher Kuhn” BOOOOOOOM, February 8, 2017
Morris, Asia, “ARTX to Celebrate Grand Opening Saturday of Newly Renovated Space”
Long Beach Post, October 7, 2016
Stokes, Felicity, “Hashtag Abstract” Harper's Bazaar Art, September-October 2015
Hegert, Natalie, “Kamiar Maleki Turns a Passion for Collecting into an Exhibition-with an
#InstagramTwist” Artslant, July 22, 2015
Zand, Roxane, “What's Hot” Sotheby's Cultural Crossroads Blog, July 7, 2015
Bunyard, Jesc, “Ronchini Gallery: Hashtag Abstract” Hunger TV, July 3, 2015
“Hashtag Abstract: Group Exhibition in London Curates Abstract Painting for the Social
Media Age” The Plus, July 1, 2015
Gleadell, Colin, “Market News: scandal sells” The Telegraph, June 22, 2015
Stumeier, Daniel, “Second Sight: 'Microscopes and Binoculars,' at Hoffman LaChance
Contemporary” St. Louis Magazine, March 23, 2015
Burke, Mack, “Outside the Lines: Mainsite's Latest Exhibit Presents Big Abstract Ideas
in Small Forms” The Norman Transcript, February 12, 2015
Broersma, Virginia, “Painting Chops” huffingtonpost.com, October 28, 2014
Gardocki, Matthew and Moore, Catlin, “Emergent Presence: Eight LA Artists You Should
Know” Fabrik, Issue 22
Lutz, Leora, “'Millennial Abstractions” at the office of The Marin Community Foundation”,
sfaqonline.com, May, 2013
Ollman, Leah, “'Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like” at George Lawson” Los
Angeles Times, March 1, 2012
M.F.A. Candidate, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2007-2008
Post-Bac Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 2006-2007
B.A. Art History, American University of Paris; France, 1996-1999
My paintings reference the natural world through the lenses of geometric and gestural
abstraction. They have one foot rooted in the past, utilizing traditional materials and
techniques, while the other foot stands firmly in the present – drawing from and
responding to the history of Southern California abstraction, specifically the gradients
of the Light and Space movement and the rigid geometry of the Hard Edge school.
They are the result of ceaseless experimentation, constantly evolving by pushing
forward while also drawing from past work. They are simultaneously fast and slow.
Improvised acrylic stains, scrapes, drips and brush marks create foundations that are
meticulously covered over in oil paint, culminating in compositions where windows of
the earliest layers interact with later adjustments and additions. In this way, they reflect
the city of Los Angeles itself – building up, destroying, preserving, redeveloping – both
chaotic and tranquil, grimy yet gorgeous.
Christopher Kuhn (born 1977 Chicago, IL) lives and paints in Los Angeles, CA. His work
has been presented in solo exhibitions around the world including Ronchini Gallery,
London; Gallery One Four, Seoul; Jacob’s West, Los Angeles; Galerie Bessieres, Paris;
Geary Contemporary, New York; Field Contemporary, Vancouver, and Sonce Alexander
Gallery, Los Angeles. His paintings have been featured in art ltd., Blouin Artinfo,
Harper's Bazaar Art, Artslant, British GQ, the Huffington Post, and on the BBC World
News. He graduated from the American University of Paris with a B.A. in Art History
and earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts Boston.