Charting a course distinctly between traditional and contemporary figuration, Chris Sheridan’s oil paintings are an exploration of bold color, the figure in environment, movement, and mark making. Relying heavily on storytelling, his work has drawn inspiration from the folklore of many civilizations, Greek, Roman and Native American mythology, classic literature and anthropological accounts of the birth of religion, superstition, and magic and its effects on our modern society.
His work is often strewn with symbols and references to rituals that are now lost, but were once widely understood. The driving force behind his work is his almost insatiable need to better understand the human condition, the collective unconscious, and the travels of the soul. Most recently his work has centered on the transience of life, the transcendence of the soul, the psychological impact of the sky.
Chris is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now calls Seattle, Washington home. His lifelong commitment to learning and growing began with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design, followed by a Master’s of Fine Art in Painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He is an award-winning artist who has been included in numerous publications including The Citrus Report, Newbrow: 50 Contemporary Artists, The Better Bombshell, and Miroir Magazine. He has shown extensively nationally and internationally, and recently returned from a month-long artist residency in Vienna, Austria.
2001-2003 Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting
1995-1999 Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration
2014 Purchase Award, Au Natural, Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, Oregon
2012 First Place, City Arts Spring Art Walk Awards
2012 Best of Show, Between Heaven and Hellboy
2003 Academy of Art College
• Third place, Best of Show competition in the 2003 Annual Spring Show
2016 Flesh, Fabric and Flights of the Soul. CityArts, http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/chris-sheridan-flesh-fabric-and-flights-soul/
2013 Viva La Lita, Miroir Magazine
2013 The Better Bombshell, pg111 – 113, Wolfram Productions
2012 Whino Magazine, The G40 Issue
2012 Newbrow: 50 Contemporary Artists, Shane Pomajambo, Schiffer Publishing Ltd
2012 Look Up Here: Celebrating 5 years of exhibits at Bherd Studios Gallery
2011 Feature video, V.I.M.B.Y. (Videos in My Back Yard), Scared of Genre Films
2010 P.T.S. (Peep This Studio) session #2, Bherd Urban Contemporary Art Gallery, John Osgood,
2010 Juxtapose Magazine, http://www.juxtapoz.com/Current/enjoy-some-fondue-on-chris-sheridan-tonight
2010 The Citrus Report: Chris Sheridan Interview by Jen Vertz of FIFTY24SEA Gallery (part of Upper Playground
2007 Redefine, Fall 2007: pg34 – 36, Vivian Hua
2007 Seattle Weekly, February 14th – 17th: Volume 32, Number 7, Rachel Shimp