Watts, a graduate of UNCC, has found favor in the Charlotte community as a summer resident artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art, and a local exhibitor throughout the city including at Gallery Twenty-Two and Elder Gallery. Now he finds his way to Durham.
Watts’ work is no less than extraordinary. Using mixed-media, the young artist combines photographic elements with paint on large-scale canvases. “The paint added allows one to completely forget the photographic image on which it is based, giving life to a still image that has died, and providing reality to an image that is unreal,” he says. “Iʼm not painting from the photograph, but rather painting within the residue of the photograph.”
Collective Intuitions will be held from April 22 to May 22 at the Louise Jones Brown Gallery at Duke University. Entrance is complimentary throughout the month-long exhibit. The Opening Reception – to be attended by Watts - will be held on Friday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:00PM. All are welcome.
“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to be involved in the Raleigh/Durham art community,” the artist confirms. “It gives me the chance to engage with an audience of viewers who haven’t had the opportunity to experience my works in person. The ”
The exhibition by Watts promises to inspire. With the intention of making a bold assault on human emotions and consciousness, Watts depicts the sensitivity in the loud and explosive, and the canny of the silent and sublime – contradicting themes which stir up the sensual and passionate responses of the human imagination.
The Louise Jones Brown Gallery is located at 101 Bryan Center, Durham NC 27708. For more information, call 919.684.2911. Or visit http://www.charlotteviewpoint.org/
About the Artist: Chris Watts
Chris Watts is an artist and freelance designer currently based in Charlotte. He completed his BFA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte after studying printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wroclaw, Poland. Watts has worked as a Digital Design Intern for Surﬁng Magazine working for clients such as Nike 6.0, Billabong, Rip Curl and Volcom. His work has been included in the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center’s First International Painting Annual and was featured in the Charlotte Viewpoint. In 2010, Watts was awarded a Summer Residency at the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte, and he has been selected for various exhibitions including the ‘3rd Annual Contemporaries Signature Event: Palate to Palette’ at the McColl Center for Visual Art and the Carolina’s Annual ‘Salon de Refuses’ Exhibition held at Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Watts regularly exhibits his works at Gallery Twenty-Two.