Chris Classen is an LA-based artist that holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska, and a Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
On the surface, his work appears to fit seamlessly within the tradition of high Minimalist painting. However, his work relies heavily on manual labor and the handiwork of brushed paint––most noticeable along the edges of the artist’s canvases.
His paintings’ smooth, lacquered surfaces offer an illusion of mechanical processes while their edges reveal the random and unpredictable chaos of a hand working with fluid paint.