Chris Hyndman is a painter born in London, Ontario. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Manifest’s International Painting Annual, and exhibitions at Bluffton University, the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, and Wasserman Projects. Chris is a Professor in the School of Art & Design at Eastern Michigan University where he has been teaching since 2001. He lives and works in Chicago
For several years my paintings have suggested shallow stage-like spaces, activated by patterned forms “auditioning” in front of curtains. Recently, they have also included depictions of pennant strings and confetti streamers—the stuff of staged celebrations. I consider “staginess” a fundamental condition of painting and have been thinking a lot lately about how we stage ourselves within rectangles—especially screen rectangles—for presentation to others. In terms of fit with earlier work, the latest paintings continue my interest in color and texture, structured surfaces, and the function of pattern and digital tools in shaping contemporary images.