Chris Woods was born in 1970 and has been a professional artist since 1988. Chris was a military brat and became a pop-culture addict after seeing Star Wars 400,000 times at the base theatre outside
of Edmonton, Alberta in 1977.
paintings over the past two decades have focused on his close friends
and the consumer landscape of malls, fast-food restaurants and 7-Elevens that surrounds them. Now in his forties he is still
trying to understand why 'Bomb-Pops', Mad Magazine and painting pictures is still
more compelling than writing wills, drinking sleepy-time tea and installing vinyl-siding.
His Star Wars-inspired solo show SANDSTORM set attendance records
at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC in the summer of 2013. Recently, SANDSTORM
made its Vancouver debut running from July 12 to August 2, 2014, at Gallery Jones. Both showings received
much critical attention.
Chris has exhibited twenty solo shows since 1988 and also appeared in numerous group shows in Canada and the United States over that time. He has
work in numerous public and private collections worldwide. His 1997 painting McDonald's Nation (from his
Royal Treats series) has become a symbol for the global anti-consumerism movement and has appeared in Adbusters
magazine, Naomi Klein's book No Logo and numerous legitimate and guerilla publications (both print and electronic)
around the world.
Chris was chosen in 2014 as one of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Top
40 Alumni in celebration of UFV’s 40th anniversary. In 2002 Chris
was Artist-in-Residence at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2001
he was given the ‘2000 Gold Award for Illustration’ at the
Canadian National Magazine Awards for his ‘Church of Krispy Kreme’ cover painted for Canada’s Saturday
He has painted album covers for Barenaked Ladies, SNOG and Vancouver Punk band The Darkest of the Hillside
Thickets. He is currently represented by Gallery Jones in Vancouver, BC and lives
and works in Chilliwack, BC with his wife and son.