Monday, August 12, 2013

Joel Chrisman's Mid-Missouri Landscapes

Not long ago the Student Unions acquired several beautiful pastels by local artist Joel Chrisman (American, b. 1947) featuring the lush countryside of mid-Missouri. A few of these stunning landscapes are currently on display on the main level of the student center just outside of Mort’s.
Bass Creek (2008)
Chrisman is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Ashland, MO. He received formal training from the Colorado Institute of Art in commercial art and graphic design. Over the last four decades, Chrisman has won several prestigious awards in Juried exhibitions throughout Missouri. His primary subject matter has recently included industrial cityscapes, still-lifes, and agricultural landscapes—many of which lovingly feature his property in Ashland.
North Field Edge (2011)

To render his landscapes Chrisman employs pastel, a medium that lends itself to quick gestural impressions. Pastel is a useful tool for Chrisman as he seeks to capture the spontaneous play of light and shadow. In this sense, and in his depiction of the landscape at different hours and seasons, Chrisman’s work invites association with nineteenth-century Impressionists, some of whom also worked with pastel. 
 Second Cutting (2011)
 Second Cutting (This detail shows the gestural quality of Chrisman's pastels.) 
These works will only be on display in the student center for the next couple of months, so be sure to stop by soon to check them out in person!

Authored by Sarah Horne & Niki Eaton, PhD Students in Art History and Archaeology


To learn more about Joel Chrisman and his work:

visit Joel Chrisman's website

visit Joel Chrisman's page on the Columbia Art League's Online Artist Village