Chris Paris

These paintings represent my response to coming home to Lincolnshire in 2008 and realizing that manmade things are loud, full of tension, and that cities are a product of a level of self-absorption that has been indulged to the point of obscenity. I felt a strong need to get away from all that and become absorbed back onto nature. Painting is a process of absorption, and having a subject which is real and outside of you helps you not become self-absorbed. And if that subject is nature, and is not entirely manufactured that helps too. I hope I can continue this absorption in the quieter nature, and that the paintings become a window allowing people to remember and access a part of themselves, which is quiet, private, subtle, and essential in making us what we are. In this, perhaps they have a potency and a justification.

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