Christopher Kuhn

Oil, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas
30 x 24 inches, 2012

Schlock and Flaw
Oil on Linen
24 x 18 inches, 2013

Wiggle Room
Oil, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas
30 x 22 inches, 2012


In an age where images proliferate, where any moment, remarkable or mundane, can be captured, replicated, and transmitted with a few clicks of a button, these paintings are quiet gestures of defiance. They are decidedly handmade, composed over time, deliberately considered, amended and revised. Rather than challenge traditional notions of painting, they accept the limitations of the medium. Drawing inspiration from a variety of visual sources historic and current, they recognize to the past while addressing the contemporary dialogue of abstract painting. They are process-based, employing both strategy and intuition. Like jazz, they balance between imposed structure and inspired spontaneity. The veiled layers of the compositions and their surface textures reveal traces of past decisions, mistakes, and corrections, recording the history of their creation. They are images without an agenda, neither provoking consumptive desires, nor promoting a packaged brand or persona. Instead, they invite the viewer to slow down, to look, and to think.


Born in Chicago, IL
Lives in Los Angeles, CA


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
Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

Field Contemporary, Vancouver, Canada (forthcoming)
Sonce Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming)

Arranged: Richard Galling and Christopher Kuhn, Autonomie, Los Angeles, CA
Tintin in the Congo, 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, TN
The Strip Redressed, The Gallery at the Belcourt, Nashville, TN
Decent Works, Upstairs at the Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Group Exhibitions

Public Offerings, Autonomie, Los Angeles, 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
Doing Pennants, 5th Floor Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
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
Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like, George Lawson Gallery, Culver City, CA
La Cosa Nostra, Rheeway Gallerie, Los Angeles, CA
Speculative Materialism II, Andi Campognone Projects, Pomona, CA
Flag Stop Art Fair, Torrance, CA
First Year Grad Show, Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN
Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston University; Jurors: Chie Fueki, Sheila Gallagher, and Bruce Brown
Drawing Show, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
The Holiday Show, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
9 off 8th at 6, Crystalwood Gallery, Nashville, TN
Post Bac Group Show, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Selected Bibliography

Fitzpatrick, Kyle, “Christopher Kuhn’s Technologically Analog Paintings” laimyours.com, November 18, 2013
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, Los Angeles Times, “‘Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like” at George Lawson” March 1, 2012
Butler, Sharon, “Painters I Like: Apgar, Awad, Ghuloum, Kuhn, McCaddon, Melchi, and Rubio”, twocoatsofpaint.com, March 1, 2012
Behnke, Paul, “Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like @ George Lawson Gallery”, structureandimagery.blogspot.com, February 28, 2012
Wilcox, Valerie, Flag Stop Catalog, 2011, p. 106
Sesto, Carl, me/we, SMFA Press, Boston, MA, 2007, p. 42
Marks, Jonathan, The Tennessean, “Art in Numbers”, September 22, 2006
Maddox, David, Nashville Scene, “Critic’s Pick: Art”, Sept. 21, 2006, p. 31
Maddox, David, “Sunset Strip paintings at Belcourt”, perambulating.blogspot.com, July 11, 2006
Means, Armon, Nashville Scene, “Critic’s Pick: Art”, June 29, 2006, p. 31


Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Tennessee Knoxville