Panel Discussion at Practice and Pedagogy

I will be participating on a panel discussion with my colleagues (the full-titme faculty of the Visual and Media Arts Department of LBCC) at the exhibition Practice and Pedagogy. The discussion of our art practice and its connection to our pedagogy will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, at the Long Beach Museum of Art, Exchange, 356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802. The exhibition and panel discussion are free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!

detail, If Grandma Was A Punk, 2018, oil on canvas, 72" x 48"




Practice and Pedagogy

It is an honor to be a part of a wonderful Visual and Media Arts Department at Long Beach City College. The full-time faculty, a group of amazing artists and colleagues, are exhibinting work this year in Practice and Pedagogy, at the Long Beach Museum of Art Exchange, 356 E 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802. The reception is on Saturday, September 8 from 7 - 9 PM. There is limited free parking behind the gallery. Metered parking is available on both Elm and 3rd Street. I will be participating with two recent large paintings and one small study. I hope to see you at the reception, but if you are unable to attend the exhibition runs through October 28.



I am excited to announce that I will be exhibiting three receent works in Launch LA's Open Call for Intersections. The exhibition "brings together artists from across Southern California whose practices express components of intersectionality, privilege, choices, culture, chance, or events." The show will be on view from August 17 through 30, with a reception on Friday, August 17, 6:30 to 9:00 PM. I hope to see you there: The Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

 5th & Alameda, 2018, oil on prepared paper, 12" x 16"


Plein Air Chinatown

I am excited to announace that I am one of several artists participating in an outdoor painting event organized by The Ministry of Culture and Art Salon Chinatown at Realm. The Plein Air Painting event is Sunday, April 15 from noon to 4 in Chinatown's historic Central Plaza at 425 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012. If you are able please stop in, I look forward to seeing you there!



"Gary Brown" at GRAAMA

"Gary Brown" by Christopher Chinn

Christopher Chinn’s painting Gary Brown (on view at the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives) is one piece to a larger project. During the summer of 2016 Chris and Gary met at the Lamp Community Art Project to create reciprocal portraits. Chris and Gary first met as artists in the exhibition “Intersections: The Real Faces of the Homeless” in 2012. Since then Gary and Chris have developed a friendship and mutual respect for each other’s artwork. The portraits are the result of their artistic collaboration and personal connection.

 An artist and jazz musician, Gary Brown was born in Louisiana in 1952 and lived there 38 years before moving to Los Angeles. After struggling for a decade on the street, he found a home, a community and his art with the support of the Lamp Community Art Project. Gary is not just a member of his community, for the past ten years he has been a recognized torchbearer for the arts in downtown Los Angeles.

Gary creates work on paper and canvas using graphite, inks, pastel and acrylics. His influences range from the world immediately around him to Egyptian mythology. "Making art is like a mystery", he says. "And I never had much mystery in my life."

Chris has drawn and painted Gary numerous times over the years, but the painting at GRAAMA is by far the most extensive. According to critic Dave Barton, “The brick and mortar behind him gives the feel of a New York hole-in-the-wall, the weighty daubs of paint giving it the texture of a warm embrace.” Gary, in his portrait of Chris, fuses geometric shapes and expressive marks to “dark facial hair and the whites of his eyes edged with blue and yellow chalk giving him a bold serenity worthy of Buddha.”

"Christopher Chinn" by Gary Brown

Chris will donate 20% of the sale of his painting Gary Brown to the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives. The Lamp Community Art Project and Gary will also share in a portion of the profit.