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McDonalds Nation, Oil on Canvas, 69 X 69, 1996

Chris Woods

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.

Chris' 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 Night Magazine.

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.

                                      

 

 

                                      

   

Prints now available from Chris's 2013 Star Wars-inspired series SANDSTORM.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, BC.

Watch short clips about each painting in SANDSTORM.

SANDSTORM Preliminary Work at Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC

SANDSTORM Artist's Statement

Listen to Chris on CBC Radio One's 'North by Northwest' with Sheryl MacKay.

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